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Palm Beach County School District Police Department investigates social media threat

Posted: 9:34 AM, Sep 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-13 18:04:19-04

The Palm Beach County School District Police Department is investigating a threat on a social media post.

Boca Raton High School contacted school parents to inform them that the threat made a reference to BRCHS. The post warned students not to attend school Friday.

Students shared the post with school administrators and now school police are checking into it.

“The threat was made for Friday but as a child she said, ‘but mom what if they are tricking us and I am scared,’” said parent Vanessa Accetturo. 

The school says it is unclear if the BRCHS singled out in the message refers to Boca High or another school in another part of the state or country.

Parents were worried after they learned the school’s PA system was down. 

“I am alarmed about it,” said Michele Weppner who has a senior at Boca High School. “That is the lifeline of the high school and it is a loud speaker and each and every class can hear it.”

The school district said they have a plan if an emergency situation were to happen. The school has a way to contact all teachers and staff and they would use bullhorns in the hallway to alert everyone. 

Accetturo said she was not OK with that plan and wanted more communication from the school. “My daughter is not at school today and won't be tomorrow either,” said  Accetturo.

Weppner said she will also keep her son home from school on Friday, “Not if the PA system is not up and running.”

The district said a part to fix the PA system should arrive on Friday. 

Boca Raton police say they are keeping in touch with school police investigators.