Maitland Middle School principal addresses school threats

Threats posted online, officials say

MAITLAND, Fla. – Parents at an Orange County middle school have been put on alert after threats involving students were made online.

On Monday, Maitland Middle School principal Dr. Stefanie Shames sent home a message to parents addressing safety at the school.

"Over the weekend, I was made aware of threats on social media and immediately reported it to Maitland Police Department," said Shames.

After the threats surfaced, an increased police presence was seen on campus.  Administrators also staggered class times to avoid a large crowd of students.

"We had everybody go at different times so that we could not have a large group in the courtyard at once and we're continuing to do that throughout the day," said Shames.

Parents on Tuesday told News 6 they felt comfortable with actions taken by the school.

"They're doing everything to protect the children and I feel safe bringing my daughter to school," said Devi Hunton.

Details of the threat were not released, but one parent described an Instagram post referencing attacking a person in the courtyard of the school and a possible gang connection.

In her message to parents, Shames reinforced the student dress code.

"No hats, caps, bandannas, headbands or hoodies are allowed on campus.  That goes for all students," said Shames.

Concerns parents have about the threats will be addressed in a PTA meeting on campus Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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