UPDATE [11/10/10, 2:05]: The lockdown has been lifted as authorities determined the threat to be “diminished.”
Florida police received a call at 8:40 this morning, threatening that “Something big will happen at a government building, maybe a post office, maybe even a school.” A woman sent in a second warning to a radio station, warning that her husband is planning to go to a school and start shooting. Police believe the threats are related. All public school buildings are in lockdown in Broward County, in addition to other government buildings as a precautionary measure.
“There is currently a credible threat to do harm at a government building, post office or a school, and in fact, we did what we needed to do to keep our students and our employees safe and secure,” said Jim Notter, Broward County Public Schools superintendent. It’s the fifth largest school district in the United Sates. WPLG reports that 231 traditional schools and 69 charter schools.
The threats have not been confirmed, and police are working to trace the email. One parent reported that no one is allowed to to enter or leave the school buildings, nor are students allowed to go out into the hallways.