Washington County Lock Down

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

There were some tense moments this morning in schools across Washington County, Florida.
Threats put the schools on lock down, and officers didn't take long to respond.

Not long after classes started in Washington County Thursday morning, they were put on lock down.

“Information had got back to one of our school administrators that concerned them enough, whether that was anything substantiated about it, whether it was from facebook or some other social media.“ Washington County School Superintendent Joseph Taylor said.

The school system notified the sheriff's office.

“We will air on the side of caution and decided just to lock all of the schools down until they could determine exactly what had taken place.” Taylor said.

During this lock down, all students had to stay put.

“If you're inside of school when there’s a lockdown, you will stay there. No one comes in and no one leaves. That’s vendors, employees, parents, the students stay in the classrooms they are at. They don't change classes everything comes to a standstill at the school.” Taylor said.

Sheriff’s deputies guarded all entry ways into the schools.

“It shows the communication between the school board and the sheriff’s office. When they are notified they take the steps that seem necessary and work within that.” Taylor said.

The lock down was called off by 11:30, giving parents, teachers and school board members relief.
The superintendent says during the lock down all of the children were safe.


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