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Iguana Hunter With Gun Leads To Boca School Lockdowns

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A professional “Iguana Hunter” with a gun led to several Boca Raton area schools being locked down.

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — A man hunting iguanas near several Boca Raton area schools Tuesday led to a lockdown and a police response. It didn’t take long to realize that the man was paid to kill the pests, but it’s clear having a gun near a school — regardless of the reason — is not a good idea.

Omni Middle School and Spanish River High School both went into “lockdown” status.

Here’s the message sent to Omni parents from School Principal Nikkia DeLuz:


I’m writing to inform you about events that occurred off campus late this afternoon, and led to a lockdown of our campus.


Police were called after a man, with a rifle, was spotted in the community near Spanish River High School. Spanish River and Omni went into an immediate lockdown as a safety precaution.

Police on the scene quickly identified, detained, and questioned the individual. According to police, the individual was hunting iguanas. He never entered our campus.


I want to thank the School District Police Department as well as the Boca Police Department for their swift response and resolution of this matter. I also want to thank the individuals who notified police upon seeing this individual.

As always, please contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you.

Dr. Nikkia DeLuz

Principal, Omni Middle School


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