City says communication is key when it comes to hoax calls
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Charlottesville schools, students and parents have been through a lot after two lockdowns in two days.
Two area schools received hoax active shooter calls, and similar hoax calls are happening nationwide.
The Charlottesville Police Department responded to both calls, the first occurring on Monday at Charlottesville High School and the second taking place Tuesday at Buford Middle School.
City Councilor Michael Payne says keeping strong communication during moments like these, real or fake, is important.
"I think the biggest thing we can do is try to have as strong communication as possible as we can with parents and students. Because, obviously, it creates a lot of fear, it could be a traumatizing situation for students and I think communication and continuing the communication we've had will be key," said Payne.
He says that the city is aware of these incidents and is closely monitoring situations like the ones seen this week.