Social media threat places Atlantic Coast Highschool on lockdown

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The principal of Atlantic Coast High School in Duval County issued a statement saying that the school was under lockdown after a threat was made on social media. Since then, the school has resumed normal activities.

According to the message sent to families, school administrators were made aware of a student’s social media post threatening to “shoot up the school.” The student was identified and arrested by police.

While the investigation is ongoing, the school continues to operate under code yellow. Code yellow indicates that only essential movement is permitted for students and staff, and class continues behind closed doors.

Below is the whole statement issued to parents:

Read the full statement sent to parents below: 

Good Morning Atlantic Coast families,

I apologize for interrupting your morning, but I know that you will want to be aware of this information.

This morning, we were informed of a social media post from a student threatening to shoot up our school. Police have identified the student allegedly responsible for making that threat, and we have apprehended that student.

We do have additional police, deans, security, and administrators on campus.

The situation remains under investigation, so as a continued precaution, we will operate this morning on a code yellow status. Thank you for your patience as we take the steps necessary to protect the safety of our campus, and I will keep you updated.


Dr. George

Lowell Bowen

From the time he was 8 years old Lowell knew he wanted to be on TV. Well, as people say one thing leads to another, that's how Lowell started his career in the news industry. Lowell has been part of The South Florida Daily since the very beginning.

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