Schools in Florida on Precautionary Lockdown After Officials Receive Tip

February 20, 2018 Updated: February 20, 2018

Three schools in Florida were placed under lockdown after officials received a tip on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

The three schools are in the Escambia County School District in Pensacola.

The schools are Washington High School, Workman Middle School, and Holm Elementary School.

Officials termed the lockdown precautionary because they emphasized that despite the tip there was no imminent threat, reported WEAR-TV.

The exact nature of the threat wasn’t conveyed.

“I can say there is no immediate threat on any campus to anyone,” Pensacola Police Department spokesman Mike Wood told the Pensacola News-Journal.

The lockdown comes six days after a school shooting in Florida.

The shooting at a high school in Parkland left 17 students and teachers dead.

Schools across the nation are on higher alert than normal after the shooting on Feb. 14.

The lockdown by the Escambia County School District comes just a day after a SnapChat threat was investigated.

Officials said that they identified Gabriel Harvell, 23, as the suspect in a SnapChat post in which he threated to “shoot up” Pine Forest High School and two other nearby schools.

Officials are terming such threats as “copycat” threats following the Parkland shooting.



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