Threat texted to teacher causes scare at Westridge Middle School

Deputies evacuate school; nothing suspicious found

By Jon Jankowski - Digital journalist

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - More than 20 patrol cars responded to Westridge Middle School in Orange County on Tuesday because of a threat, deputies said.

A faculty member received a text that threatened violence on the school's campus, according to Orange County Sheriff's Office spokesman Christian Marerro. Ten minutes later, the faculty member received another text saying the violence would happen very soon, Marerro said.

Faculty members were removed from the building as students were being dismissed for the day, according to Marerro.

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Deputies searched the school and cleared the scene, and the school was rendered safe, according to the Sheriff's Office.

School officials said the threat was deemed not credible.

Extra investigators are on campus Wednesday, according to the Sheriff's Office.

It's not known who sent the threat.

Stay with ClickOrlando.com for updates.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: ClickOrlando.com earlier reported that a student texted the threat, but deputies have not confirmed who sent it.]

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