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Published on February 28, 2024
False Alarm, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Cleared After Bomb Scare in ParklandSource: Google Street View

Panic gripped Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, as a bomb threat prompted a swift evacuation of students and staff Wednesday morning. The threat, made over a telephonic message, led Broward County Public Schools to err on the side of caution, based on the statement they released, initiating the evacuation protocol for the high school famed for its tragic past. According to a statement obtained by NBC Miami, "All students and staff were safe," as confirmed by district officials.

Officials swiftly descended on the scene just after the call was received shortly after 8:20 a.m., with a Broward Sheriff's Office spokesperson stating that deputies had begun a comprehensive search of the campus. In a precautionary measure conducted by the same bomb threat, the nearby Westglades Middle School was also placed on "secure status." "All students and staff are safe, and the school is following all proper protocols," the BSO spokesperson shared, which was echoed in a report by Local 10 News.

Parents, informed about the ongoing situation and ensuing evacuation, were urged by school officials to exercise patience. Aerial footage captured by Chopper 6 depicted streams of students congregating on athletic fields, a semblance of order maintained amidst the chaos as law enforcement officials cordoned off the area surrounding the school.

After a thorough inspection of the premises, BSO deputies ultimately granted the all-clear, signaling the absence of any immediate threat and allowing for the resumption of classes. During a stressful search, district officials told NBC Miami, "Parents have been informed of the evacuation and are asked to be patient during this process." The harrowing event summoned sharp memories for the Parkland community, with the high school being the site of a devastating 2018 shooting that claimed 17 lives.

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