Lockdown lifted at Apopka High School after potential verbal threat

All students, staff safe, school officials say

APOPKA, Fla. – Apopka High School was on lockdown Tuesday morning due to a “potential verbal threat against our campus,” officials said.

Police Chief Mike McKinley said a student heard about a threat against Apopka High, located at 555 Martin St. in Orange County, and immediately notified staff.

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McKinley said a school resource officer found the individual who made the threat, who was a student. That student is being detained, he added. Police said they found no weapons in the area after a search of the campus.

“I do want to remind everybody, especially parents that need to talk to their students about making threats, whether they think that’s a joke, it’s not a joke. Anything that could be perceived as a threat to the school or to other students is going to be taken seriously, pending criminal charges,” McKinley said.

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The school has returned to normal status and class schedules have resumed, deputies said.

In a message to parents during the lockdown, Assistant Principal Dr. Tayler Boyer said all students and staff were safe.

“Parents, please remember that during a lockdown, no one will be allowed on or off campus,” Boyer said.

Video from the scene showed parents lining up to pick up their children.

No other details have been released.

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