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Halloween put on hold during Collegiate School lockdown

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Halloween was put on hold Thursday night for those who live near the Collegiate School in Henrico. While the school was on lockdown, Henrico Police also ordered nearby residents to stay indoors.

"I was about to go trick-or-treating when this whole commotion started," said fifth grader Ethan Clark. He and his family live across the street from Collegiate. Ethan says he was inside when he heard a voice say over a loudspeaker that there is a "code blue" and to "shelter in place."

At Collegiate, a Code Blue means there is an active shooter on campus. Ethan knew exactly what the code meant. "I flipped out and looked out the window and saw blue cars coming," said Ethan.

His dad says, he was initially scared but saw that Henrico Police responded quickly and had the situation under control.

Residents were forced to stay inside for at least two hours. Finally, more and more trick-or-treaters began going door-to-door.

"I was wondering what was taking him so long to get here," said 13-year-old Theo Blankenship. Theo was waiting for his Halloween partner Alex Pearsall who lives next to Collegiate.

"At first I thought it was a joke," said Alex. "Then I looked outside and saw three police cars racing by my house and I thought, 'this isn't good.'"

Panicked parents also rushed to Collegiate only to discover that they weren't allowed near the campus. As it became apparent that there wasn't a real threat, most people who spoke to NBC12 say, they were grateful nothing bad happened.

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