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Don Estridge High-Tech Academy Scene Of High Drama. Student Taken Into Custody.

Don Estridge High Tech Middle School. (Photo: City of Boca Raton).

BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — School officials at Don Estridge High Tech Middle School mitigated a potential threat Thursday when several students reported that they saw a knife in the bag of another student at the school.

Parents and Palm Beach County School District administrators confirmed the incident to BocaNewsNow.com No one was injured, but a student was taken into custody. We are not identifying the student at this time.

The students who “saw something and said something” are being hailed as heroes, with parents and teachers saying the kids did exactly what they were supposed to do upon fearing a violent situation. The age of the student was not released by school officials. It was unclear if he was arrested or detained. Both Palm Beach County School District police and the City of Boca Raton Police Department have jurisdiction over the school.

School Principal Joshua Davidow issued the following statement to parents via “robocall.” The text of the message was provided to us by the Palm Beach County School District: “Hello Don Estridge parents and guardians, this is Principal Josh Davidow. Today, School Police safely removed a knife from the backpack of a student. The possession of a knife on campus, regardless of the reasoning, is a serious offense. That individual is in School Police custody and will face criminal charges, in addition to strict discipline, as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. 

The School District is committed to ensuring a safe learning and working environment for all students and staff, and disciplinary action may be taken against any student or individual who violates the District’s Zero Tolerance Policy for any infraction that poses a threat to school safety. 

I also want to compliment the actions of the students who reported suspicious activity to a trusted adult. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school.”

Students found with any weapon on campus face suspension or expulsion.


Paul Saperstein


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