FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 20, 2022
CPD Responds to False Report Regarding Buford Middle School
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - At approximately 12:40 p.m., Charlottesville Police Department (CPD) responded to a report of a possible active shooter on Buford Middle School campus. It has been confirmed that this call was a hoax.
At approximately 12:40 p.m., the Charlottesville Police Department received a report of an active shooter on Buford Middle School campus. It has since been confirmed that this call was a hoax. Buford was placed on a lockdown and when officers arrived, they conducted a search and identified no unusual activity or threat. Families were then notified and CPD gave the all-clear for Buford to resume their normal activity at 1:11 p.m. CPD officers will remain on campus for a short period of time to ensure that the school is completely secure.
Calling in a false report to the police is illegal; our officers are currently investigating this crime.
In addition, this false report caused extreme stress and disruption at Buford and in our community. Counselors and mental health professionals are on hand at the school to speak with students and staff. We encourage families to check in with their students tonight.
Public Safety Information Officer