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Bear Lakes Middle School put on lockdown following incident involving armed parent

Posted: 7:54 PM, Mar 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-12 04:07:35-04
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PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — An incident involving an armed parent caused the lockdown of Bear Lakes Middle School on Monday.

According to a call out to parents, the disgruntled parent brought a gun on campus.

The call said the parent was upset in the school's front office and police were called.

School police confiscated the gun and the parent will face criminal charges.

The call informed that the parent never brandished the gun or threatened the office staff with it at any time.

The parent was removed from the school property and the campus returned to an "all clear" for a regular dismissal, according to the school.

Below is the full call sent to parents regarding the incident:

Good afternoon Bear Lakes Middle School parents.

This is principal Kirk Howell with an important message.

This afternoon, our school was placed on lockdown after a parent became hostile in our front office. Once School Police was notified, it was discovered that the angered parent was in possession of a hand gun. School Police immediately confiscated the gun, and the individual will face criminal charges. The parent never brandished the gun or threatened the office staff with it at any time.

I want to thank the quick action of our own School Police, in cooperation with the West Palm Beach Police Department, for their cooperation in removing this individual from our campus. Once the parent was removed, our campus returned to an "All Clear" for a regular dismissal.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school at 561.615.7700