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Mater Lakes High School students released from class after lockdown

Police seen entering classroom with guns drawn

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Acting on a rumor going around the student body, Mater Lakes Academy High School was placed on lockdown late Wednesday afternoon.

Working within protocols, Miami-Dade police made the decision due to the possible threat.

Police could be seen entering classrooms at the school on Northwest 87th Avenue with their guns drawn.

"The teachers turned off all the lights. They were like, 'Everyone sit on the floor,'" one student told Local 10 News reporter Andrew Perez.

Pictures shared on social media showed students hiding under their desks.

"Everyone started freaking out because they saw the cop cars. We already (had) locked the doors," one girl said.

Students told Local 10 News that one of their peers, who had been suspended for making threats against the school, called in a threat Wednesday to shoot up the school.

There were no signs of a threat and students were released from the school on a staggered schedule.

"They were just telling the people to wait. That we couldn't go over there because they would be sending the kids out classroom by classroom," one parent said.

Police have not released details about the threat or said whether anyone will face charges.

About the Authors:

Peter Burke returned for a second stint of duty at Local 10 News in February 2014.

Andrew Perez is a South Florida native who joined the Local 10 News team in May 2014.