School district remaining vigilant following shooting, Superintendent says

Superintendent of Schools Sandra “Sam” Himmel sent a recorded call to parents Tuesday night, letting them know of an increased sheriff’s office presence on school campuses this week because of numerous isolated threats in the wake of last week’s deadly shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland

Himmel said the district has monitored several students making inappropriate comments or threats on social media. She said district personnel and the sheriff’s office are investigating each threat, and that parents will be alerted if a “credible threat of violence” results in action taken at a school.

“These threats often include verbal statements from students, messages on social media, written notes left in classrooms and sometimes a written message left on a bathroom wall,” Himmel’s statement said.

She added: “Students that engage in this type of behavior may face criminal charges and they will certainly face severe school discipline.”

Himmel said parents should not be concerned about the increased presence of deputies on campuses.

“This is being done to put students and staff at ease,” she said, “and is not in response to any specific threat.”

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