HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Florida – Two schools in Hillsborough County were locked up Wednesday as the sheriff's office was investigating a report from a teacher reporting a rumor that a gun would be on campus.
Members say the threat to Farnell Middle School, which also included Bryant Elementary School, was unfounded and the 12-year-old would be charged with a crime. She is a sixth grade student in Farnell, say the MPs.
A little before Wednesday morning, a high school student made a false statement to a teacher who said he saw a stranger dressed in black dressed in a gun on campus while he was coming back from the room bath. The teacher told an assistant at the school's resources and that in less than 30 seconds he had responded to the area where the student had reported seeing the person, but he did not locate the subject. Within minutes, dozens of deputy ministers and security guards responded to the school and both schools were locked out. College students were sent to the auditorium to pass the metal detectors.
The student who told the teacher that she had seen someone with a gun, later confessed to having fabricated the whole story.
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"As a parent, it worries me and tears my heart that 1,300 students only have to lock themselves out, which means they've had to barricade themselves." [deputies] stormed the campus. It's traumatic for these kids, and it's absolutely intolerable, "Sheriff Chad Chronister said.
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The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reported that 55 HCSO members had been called on to help, including aviation, engine and K-9 units.
Both schools went from lockout to lockout and students had lunch and returned to their classrooms at 1 pm
"To say that I'm delighted with the answer would be an understatement, as tragic as it may be for students who have to endure the whole process of what happens when we go into a lockout at a school, the good news is that the child is safe and the threat is unfounded, "said Sheriff Chronister.
"I am such an important advocate for keeping our young people in the criminal justice system with all diversion programs and all our prevention programs, this is an area for which I am not prepared to compromise." said Sheriff Chronister. . "There is no room for any type of entertainment or joke, no invented threat.I think the only way to handle this is to take a hard line and make sure all our children know if you're doing a school- based on the threat, it's no different than making a threat in an airport or on an airplane. [prosecuted] to the full extent. "
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office stated that the sixth student had been charged with disrupting a school assembly and a false report regarding the use of a firearm in a violent manner. The latter is a second degree crime.
PARENTS: A waiting area has been set up along the Winn-Dixie at 13016 Race Track Road, Tampa, FL 33626. Please report to this location, not to Farnell Middle and Bryant Elementary Schools.
– HCSO (@HCSOSheriff)