Search for suspect prompts lockdown of Cocoa schools, officials say

Officials: Lockdowns lifted at all schools


COCOA, Fla. – Lockdowns at three Cocoa schools were lifted following a threat Friday morning, school officials said.

Brevard school officials said just after 11 a.m. that Cocoa High School and Saturn Elementary School were placed on lockdown after an anonymous threat was made. Saturn Elementary's lockdown had been lifted after the school was cleared by Brevard County deputies, officials said.

"All students are safe and secure inside the building," a spokesperson for Brevard County schools said. "As always, BPS is working closely with law enforcement and school security to ensure the safety of our students and staff."

Cocoa High's lockdown was lifted a short time later. School officials said around 12:30 p.m. that all students were safe and activities at both schools would resume as normal for the rest of the day.

Eastern Florida State College's Cocoa campus was also on lockdown, according to the school's Twitter.

School officials tweeted that the lockdown was due to a search that was underway for an armed suspect in a red shirt that was reported at Cocoa High. 

UCF police also tweeted to warn students at UCF's Cocoa campus about the search.

Eastern Florida State College officials tweeted at 11:45 a.m. that the lockdown at the Cocoa campus had been lifted and police said the area was safe.

Cocoa police said Friday afternoon that they were investigating the threat made to Cocoa High.

"On Friday at 9:33 a.m. dispatchers received a 911 call from a person stating there was an armed man on campus," police said.

Police said nothing was found on campus.

Officers said detectives are working with the school district's security personnel and Brevard County Sheriff's Office to identify the person who made the "bogus" threat.

"Making a false threat involving a bomb or destructive device is a second degree felony punishable by a maximum 15-years in prison upon conviction," Cocoa police said.

Officers said the incident was similar to one that took place Thursday at Saturn Elementary.

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