Men in camouflage spark scare at Cocoa school

Cambridge Elementary Magnet School locked down for 2 hours

Published On: Jan 11 2013 09:23:24 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 11 2013 09:26:27 AM EST
COCOA, Fla. -

Cocoa police officers have given the all-clear at Cambridge Elementary Magnet School nearly two hours after a staff member reported seeing two suspicious men dressed in camouflage walking near the campus.

Police officers methodically checked the hallways, portables, school bus loops and the surrounding fence line before allowing the campus to reopen.

“When the school tech arrived (before sunrise), there were two men at the gate. It could have been two homeless men, but we don’t know. We didn’t find anyone,” Cocoa police spokeswoman Barbara Matthews told Local 6 News partner Florida Today.

The suspicious incident was reported to Cocoa Police about 6:52 a.m., nearly an hour after a school technician first spotted the pair.

The technician first alerted Brevard County School District officials who called police about 45 minutes later, just as teachers and other faculty members began arriving at Cambridge Elementary Magnet School at 2000 Cambridge Drive, officials reported. There were some children in one of the classes and other students were kept on nearby buses, officials report.

The 550-student campus was ordered on lockdown as a precaution as several patrol officers arrived and began a canvass of the area surrounding the school grounds. Rockledge police and the Brevard County School District security office were also notified.