Shooting threat prompts increased police presence at Glades Middle School

Miramar police investigate credibility of threat

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor, Trent Kelly - Reporter

MIRAMAR, Fla. - Police are investigating the credibility of a threat made against Glades Middle School in Miramar.

Miramar police said Tuesday night a student received a text message from an unknown number warning him of a shooting at the school Wednesday.

"The student told his parents, who contacted authorities," police said on Twitter.

Police said there will be additional officers assigned to the school out of an abundance of caution.

A message from the school principal to parents said there was "a social media post circulating indicating a potential threat" on campus.

"Please know that we are aware and actively working with the Miramar Police Department to determine the credibility of the threat, as well as identifying the individual responsible for the posting," Principal Ricardo Santana said.

Nevertheless, parents who spoke to Local 10 News reporter Trent Kelly said they were still a little worried.

"Obviously it's going to leave you worried because you never know," Lia Escobar said. "I'm hoping it's just a bluff, but you know, you like that the cops are here."

Miramar police spokeswoman Tania Rues said more than a dozen parents contacted police after their students also received the same text message.

"Shortly after (the initial call), we started getting more phone calls. It spread like wildfire," she said.

While the source of the threat remains unknown, police are working to identify the culprit.

"We investigate fully and thoroughly, every single threat," Rues said. "Once we locate the person who made this threat, that person will be charged accordingly."

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