Westfield High School in Chantilly has been the scene of two strange incidents over the past 10 days.
On Dec. 8, around 3:30 p.m., a Fairfax County Police Resource Officer within the school said a man was observed inside Westfield High School acting suspiciously. Police said a school staff member confronted him and determined he had no reason to be in the school. School staff asked him to leave several times and eventually he left.
The suspect was described as a white male, 24 to 30 years old, around 5 feet 6 inches tall and 140 pounds. He had a beard and wore black pants, a dark blue jacket and glasses. (See photo above.)
Anyone with information about this suspicious man is asked to contact Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.
On Dec. 18, Westfield High School Principal Anthony E. Copeland informed parents of students that several classrooms were closed after smoke from a student cell phone allegedly caused complaints of respiratory issues and dizziness
“In our efforts to keep you well informed, we want to let you know that this morning, while in the possession of a student, a cell phone battery ignited and began to smoke,” Copeland wrote in an email to parents. “ We immediately evacuated the classroom as a precautionary measure and notified the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.”
Copeland said the student in possession of the cell phone battery was burned on his hand. Fire and Rescue personnel checked him, and the student was released to his mother. Fire and Rescue workers then checked all students in the classroom and reported that no other students in the classroom were injured.
“Students in nearby classrooms complained of respiratory issues and/or dizziness. Fire and Rescue personnel checked the students and two students from nearby rooms were transported to the hospital. The affected classrooms will remain closed for the rest of the day,” Copeland said in his email.