FBI to assist PB Co. School Dist. with threats

Posted at 1:29 PM, Feb 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-04 04:56:21-05

There's been a spike in bomb threats at local schools in Palm Beach County and now Superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa says the FBI will assist them in the in their investigation.

The district says they have responded to 14 incidents so far this school year, including one each at Jupiter High and Wellington High School on Tuesday.

One of the threats Tuesday came from an email. Avossa said during a Wednesday news conference that federal agents will be able to track that email easier than the district can. He adds they can use technology applications and even social media to find the individuals making these threats.

"Our threats have been specific to schools and we are working with agencies to make sure that we keep our schools safe and that we keep our parents informed and that it doesn't distract us from what we're supposed to be doing," said Avossa.

The superintendent also addressed concerns over miscommunication at Jupiter High School. Parents said they received conflicting messages about picking their kids up.

On Wednesday, some parents made the decision to keep their kids out of school due to the ongoing threats and that confusion.

Avossa said parents were right to be upset and plans to improve on that communication.

"We need to be able to have one point in contact on who decides if students are going to be picked up or not," said Avossa.

The district says these threats are not just happening in Palm Beach County but in other states as well. Avossa says other countries are receiving them such as Australia.