Altria Theater evacuated for ‘safety concern’ during Thomas Jefferson High graduation
Attendees of Thomas Jefferson High School’s graduation ceremony Wednesday night were suddenly evacuated from the Altria Theater because of a “safety concern.”
Richmond Public Schools spokeswoman Kenita Bowers declined to elaborate on the nature of the concern.
“I am unable to share anything beyond the statement at this time,” she said. “It is being investigated.”
In the statement referenced by Bowers, the school system announced that the ceremony has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday and will still be at the Altria Theater. Doors will open at 9 a.m.
“We appreciate the flexibility and understanding of all of our graduates, their families, and staff,” RPS said in the statement. “Student safety is always a top priority and RPS looks forward to celebrating the graduates of Thomas Jefferson High School.”
Ta’Quan Grant, the chaplain of the school’s Class of 2018, said Wednesday night that it’s “a little frustrating” to have his graduation ceremony postponed.
“We’re upset that now we have to wait for our graduation to be rescheduled due to stupidity,” he said.
The ceremony will be the last graduation of Richmond’s five comprehensive high schools.
Huguenot High School, John Marshall High School and Armstrong High School held their ceremonies Tuesday, while George Wythe’s ceremony was at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Three specialty school ceremonies are scheduled for Thursday.