Suspicious man prompts Orange County schools lockdown

Orange County lockdown

Orange County lockdown

GORDONSVILLE, Va. (WTVR) — A suspicious man spotted outside an Orange County elementary school Wednesday morning prompted the school system to place all of its schools on lockdown.

Officials said Gordon Barbour Elementary was on a code red lockdown while law enforcement looked for a man seen outside the school.

“As a precaution all other schools have been placed in a modified lockdown,” read a post of the the school system’s website. “All students and staff are safe.”

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said the man walked up to a side door at the school around 11 a.m. and tried to get inside. He then walked to another door where he talked with a school employee.

Deputies said the man asked if the school was affiliated with the Baptist church across the street and asked who controlled the playground next to the school.

The man is described as a white male between 40 and 50 with blonde hair. He was wearing a dark sweatshirt, blue jeans and white shoes.

Deputies said the man may be driving a blue Mazda sedan.

Law enforcement and school officials searched the building and the property and determined that the subject had left before deputies arrived. The neighborhood was checked and the subject was not found.

If anyone has any information that could investigators find the man, call Deputy Susan Harner or Capt. Jason Smith at the Orange Co. Sheriff’s Office at 540-672-1200.

Check back with WTVR.com for updates on this developing story. 

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