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All clear given after ‘prank call’ made to Parkland school

Westglades Middle School in Parkland was temporarily evacuated Friday morning after a threat was called in to the school, authorities confirmed.
Westglades Middle School in Parkland was temporarily evacuated Friday morning after a threat was called in to the school, authorities confirmed.

PARKLAND, Fla. – A lockdown has been lifted at Westglades Middle School in Parkland after a threat was phoned in to the school, authorities confirmed

According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the threat was made around 9 a.m. Friday and the school at 11000 Holmberg Road was placed on a code red lockdown.

The school was then on a code yellow before authorities gave the all clear.

Authorities said the school was temporarily evacuated, however a spokesperson from the school district said no evacuation occurred.

Several other schools in the area were also temporarily placed on lockdown as a precaution.

Westglades Middle School is located next to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed on Valentine’s Day in 2018.

Deputies went room by room at Westglades Middle before determining that the threat was a prank.

Still, some parents opted to pick up their children from school early.

“Haven’t these kids been through enough?” one mother said.

The source of Friday’s threat has not yet been determined.

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