A lockdown has been lifted for students at Staunton River High School and middle school after a threatening message was found on a wall earlier today at the high school, said Bedford County Public Schools spokesman Ryan Edwards.

The high school was placed on lockdown around at about 10:30 a.m. after the message was found. Edwards declined to specify the nature of the threat.

As of 12:30 p.m., explosive-sniffing K9s from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and the Roanoke City Police Department are on the scene, according to a Bedford County Sheriff’s Office press release.

State Police are also investigating the threat, the release said.

The middle school was put on a low-level lockdown because of its proximity to the high school, but Edwards said no threat was found there.

“The middle school was placed on a low-level lockdown only as a precaution only because of what was taking place at Staunton River High School.

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the threat, Edwards said.

“We’re hoping for a quick resolution to the situation,” Edwards said.

Meanwhile, a Jefferson Forest High School student was arrested this morning for his or her involvement in a threat that locked down the school Monday, according to a Bedford County Sheriff’s Office press release.

The unnamed student is charged with “writing a threat against the school and students, which is a felony,” the release says.

The student was transported to the Lynchburg Juvenile Detention Center.

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