Police investigate threats made toward several Miami-Dade schools

Schools operating on regular schedule Friday

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

HIALEAH, Fla. - Police are investigating threats and rumors about threats Friday that were made toward several schools in Miami-Dade County. 

A Miami-Dade County Public Schools spokeswoman confirmed Westland Hialeah Senior High School and Lawton Chiles Middle School were two of the schools affected. 

The spokeswoman said police have no reason to believe the threats are credible, however, authorities are at the schools at 4000 W. 18th Ave. and 8190 NW 197th St. and investigating the threats as a precaution.

According to Hialeah police Lt. Eddie Rodriguez, a rumor about a possible future school shooting began recently circulating around iMater Charter School at 651 West 20th St.

Rodriguez said Hialeah police and Miami-Dade Schools police investigated the rumor and determined it was a non-credible threat passed around by students, which later spread to Westland Hialeah Senior High School. 

The schools have not been placed on lockdown and are operating on their regular schedules.

"Let us reaffirm, that Hialeah Police is committed to the safety of our schools, our children and our community," Rodriguez said. "Let it be known that Hialeah Police will move expeditiously to investigate any threat to harm or interfere with the educational process of any of our local schools."

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