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‘There is literally blood everywhere’: Virginia students find school hallways covered in blood |  KTAB


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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Students at Richmond Community High School walked through bloody hallways Monday morning.

Footage shared with WRIC shows blood splattered in the hallways, stairwell and water fountains.

Richmond police confirm that an intruder, Garin Pappas of Warrenton, Va., broke into the high school around 1 a.m. Sunday.

Authorities say he smashed windows, injured himself and then walked through numerous areas of the school. The intrusion triggered the school’s security system and night security arrived within 15 minutes of the incident. Richmond police were then called.

Pappas was arrested and treated, before being transferred to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. He was cited for trespassing on school property and destroying property.

However, parents are concerned that Monday morning the school was still in a dangerous state.

“The kids were traumatized,” said a mother from Richmond, whose daughter goes to Community High. “They said it smelled really bad because he had been there for two days.”

She added: “There are only 200 kids in the school so I don’t know why they couldn’t find space to get everyone away from that blood.”

She also raised questions about the timing of the communication. The incident happened at 1 a.m. on Sunday, but parents weren’t notified until 1:03 p.m. on Monday, four hours into the school day.

In a statement to the families, RCHS Director Kenya Massenberg confirmed that the blood was not cleaned up immediately, adding that some students and staff witnessed “evidence of the incident upon entering the building. Monday morning”.

The statement also claims that the school building was fully secured, cleaned and disinfected on Monday afternoon.

However, another mother shared photos from Tuesday afternoon showing splatters of blood still covering brick walls and water fountains.

“I am grateful to RCHS custodial staff and other staff for their efforts to quickly ensure a safe, secure and clean environment for our students yesterday,” Richmond Public Schools spokesperson Sarah Abubaker said. . “Unfortunately, cleaning and disinfection was not completed immediately after Sunday’s incident, and some students and staff observed remaining evidence of the incident upon returning to the building on Monday morning. shouldn’t have happened, and we apologize for any distress caused to our community.

Abubaker added, “Providing a safe and secure learning environment is a top priority for Richmond Community High School and Richmond Publis Schools, and we take these incidents very seriously. We will be reviewing our security and custodial protocols to ensure a safe and clean campus for our community. »

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