Threat Generating Robocalls, Email Warnings, May Be Part Of National Social Media “Scare.”
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The school violence threat that led to emails and robocalls Wednesday night and Thursday morning continues to be investigated, but school district officials tell BocaNewsNow.com that there is no specific threat to fear.
“This is an internet threat that is making the rounds,” said Palm Beach County School District Spokesperson Claudia Shea. “The school police are dedicated to finding out who is behind it.”
It’s unclear, however, whether the threat is local or part of a national threat started by someone on social media. According to those familiar with the situation, the threat was a photograph of handwriting stating that something was going to happen somewhere. But the “somewhere” part was blank. It was seen by a student at Boca Raton Community High School who reported it to school police. The threat, however, did not specify Boca Raton Community High, or any school in Palm Beach County.
“We take all threats seriously,” said Shea. “The student did the right thing by reporting the threat.”
BocaNewsNow.com was contacted by a significant number of readers starting late Wednesday night into Thursday morning — all seeking additional information. We first reported on the threat around 12:30 a.m. Thursday. We did not update the report, through this article, until most schools were wrapping up their day Thursday afternoon. There have been no arrests and, according to officials, no “credible” threats received. However, “making a threat against a school, even as a joke, is a second degree felony in Florida,” said Shea.
Palm Beach County School Police, with PBSO and local departments, are all on a higher alert for school situations following the shooting at a high school in Oxford, Michigan that left several students dead.
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