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Boy, 13, questioned after suspicious package prompted school evacuations

Suspicious package prompts school evacuations

TAMARAC, Fla. – According to officials, a 13-year-old boy has been taken in for questioning in relation to the evacuation of two Tamarac schools Monday afternoon.

More than 1,800 students from Millennium Middle School and Challenger Elementary School were evacuated Monday afternoon after a suspicious package was found at Millennium Middle School.

The BSO bomb squad, Homeland Security officers and fire rescue responded to the scene at 5803 NW 94th Avenue, just north off Commercial Boulevard, after a staff member at Millennium Middle School located what was believed to be an explosive device.

According to officials, Millennium students saw a 13-year-old boy place a hoax device in the courtyard earlier in the day, but only came forward to staff members when the school was placed on lock-down for an unrelated incident. Those students believed the lock-down was due to the hoax device. Additional information indicated that the 13-year-old student had told classmates that he put bombs on the school campus.

That 13-year-old boy was taken in for questioning late Monday afternoon.

According to police, the suspect and his parents are being cooperative.

There were no injuries and the school was given the all-clear late Monday.