PORT ST. LUCY, Florida. On Friday, Port St. Lucie High School was closed as a precautionary measure after the headmaster said a rumor was circulating on social media that the school was in danger.
In a message to parents, principal Nicole Telese stressed that “there is no identified threat.”
However, as a precaution, the school is currently under a yellow code and movement on campus is restricted while law enforcement investigates the rumor.
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Telese added in her appeal that additional security is located at the school, located at 1201 Southeast Jaguar Lane.
“We put student safety at the highest level of priority,” Telese said in her phone call. “This issue is taken very seriously, and we, accordingly, must ensure the safety of the campus. Anyone caught making threats will face severe consequences as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, which may include expulsion and/or arrest.”
Here is Telese’s full call to parents:
This is the director of Telese, calling to inform you of the rumors circulating on social media about a threat to the school. At the moment, no threat has been identified. However, as a precautionary measure, we will restrict movement on campus while law enforcement investigates this rumor. There will also be additional security on site.
We put student safety at the highest level of priority. This issue is taken very seriously, and we must ensure the security of the campus accordingly. Any person found to be threatening will face serious consequences as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, which may include expulsion and/or arrest.
The District encourages students and parents to immediately report any concerns or suspicious activity to school administrators, Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers, or through anonymous reporting applications such as See Something, Say Something, or FortifyFL). Thank you.
A spokeswoman for Saint Lucie Public Schools said there was no real threat to the school, but rather rumors of a threat on social media.
The Port St. Lucie Police Department said it became aware on Friday of reports circulating on social media of a school threat, adding, however, that “there is no real threat at this time.”
The Police Department is working closely with St. Lucie Public Schools in the investigation.
texasstandard.news contributed to this report.