Law enforcement authorities in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast are looking into a baseless threat made against an unnamed school on social media. The message has gone viral across our viewing area, threatening violence on school campuses.
On Thursday, parents and guardians who have students at Royal Palm Beach Community High School received a message from Principal Michelle Fleming about the threat.
Fleming said school was not named in the threat, and there was no indication that it was valid.
“This information has been reposted by some who have seen it and placed it in social media chats resulting in further circulation of the threat,” Fleming said in the message to parents.
The principal went on to say that law enforcement investigated the incident and determined that the reports were false.
“Several individuals have reported this post to law enforcement through the Fortify Florida app,” Fleming said in the message to parents. “Investigators are well aware of the situation and appreciate tips shared through the app.”
A parent who has a student who attends Palm Beach Gardens Community High School told WPTV on Thursday they received a similar message.
On the Treasure Coast, school districts in St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties have stated that they are aware of the threat, and law enforcement would keep an eye on any developments.
In a message to parents and guardians, the Martin County School District said the “vague threat of school violence” is being “fully investigated by law enforcement officials.”
“While there has been no reference made to any of our schools, our partners at the Martin County Sheriff’s Office are aware of the situation and monitoring all developments to ensure the continued safety of our students, staff, and schools,” the school district said.
Calling it a “hoax threat,” the School District of Indian River County said that, out of an abundance of caution, there would be extra law enforcement officers at schools throughout the district on Friday.
In a Facebook post, the Okeechobee County School District said it’s communicated with local law enforcement about the threat.
“Please have a conversation with your students about the serious disciplinary and legal implications of making threats to a school campus,” the school district said.
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