West Potomac High School was placed on high security Thursday afternoon after one student robbed another, police and school officials said.
Fairfax County police spokesman Bud Walker said the incident was a strong-arm robbery of one student by another student. No one was injured, and no weapon was displayed, he said.
“Both were identified and apprehended within four minutes,” Walker said.
According to an email sent to parents from Principal Cliff Hardison, the school was notified of the incident at around 2:50 p.m. The school went briefly into “secure the building” status, in which all exterior doors are locked and students remain inside.
In the email, Hardison said staff reacted swiftly and appropriately, and the students who stayed after school behaved in an exemplary manner. At no time was anyone on school property in any danger, he said.
Walker said he was unsure exactly where the robbery took place.