Threat prompts lockdown at Melbourne high school, police say

No one found with firearms during investigation

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Palm Bay High School was placed under lockdown for over an hour on Tuesday as police searched for and detained a subject off-campus who might have had a weapon, the department said.

Melbourne police said they responded to the school around 12:47 p.m. after receiving reports about a “possible armed male” in the school’s front parking lot.

According to Russ Bruhn of Brevard Public Schools, police were at the campus, located at 101 Pirate Lane in Melbourne, “looking for (a) male who may have had a weapon outside the school.”

Investigators later said in an update that two students had gotten into an fight earlier in the day, and one left the campus afterward. That student later made threats over social media to continue the fight, according to police.

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Police later announced that they found the student several miles from the school, and he was taken into custody on a charge of disrupting a school function. According to the department, no one with a gun was found during the investigation.

No information was provided on the student’s identity due to him being underage, police said.

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