Deputies Continue to be Vigilant After 'Troubles' Led To Increased Patrols

By: Lanetra Bennett
November 26, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Leon County Sheriff's deputies say they're continuing to be cautious in light of Monday's school violence scare.

It was a much different scene at Rickards High School Tuesday.

The front of the school was packed Monday with parents coming to pick up their children early.

Students say there were threats on social media, claiming there could be a shooting. It prompted extra security near Rickards and Fairview Middle School.

LCSO says it kept extra staff in place Tuesday, just in case.

SGT Tony Drzewiecki with the Leon County Sheriff's Office says, "Some of the rumors do mention the Jack McLean shooting from a week ago. That may be part of what's going on. We don't have any verifiable intelligence if that's the case. However, in an abundance of caution, we're going to be looking into these rumors."

The sergeant adds nothing has occurred and there haven't been any new threats.

School district officials tell us student attendance was down Tuesday at Rickards. But, they say that was expected because of the bad weather and the fact that it was the last day of school before the Thanksgiving holiday break.

By: Lanetra Bennett
November 26, 2013

According to Leon County Schools, operations are back to normal at Rickards and Fairview after reported 'troubles' led to increased patrols yesterday.

By: Lanetra Bennett
November 25, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Talk of trouble brewing at a Tallahassee high school caused deputies to heighten security on the city's southside.
Parents came to the school in droves to pick up their children from school because of fear.

Every few minutes you could hear students' names over the loud speaker being called down to parent pick-up at Rickards High School.

Parent pick-up turned into a long line down Jim Lee Road.

Parents say they heard threats of a shooting at the school and rushed to get their children.

Monica Varnado says she came to the school Monday morning to take pizza and cupcakes for her daughter's birthday, and was met by the locked front gates.

"I was confused and then it went over to concerned. I'm still concerned. I don't know if it's an idol threat or not. But, I am concerned for the safety of all the children here at the school."

The front gates at the school were locked and administrators were guiding parents to the rear of the school for student pick-up.

Leon County Sheriff's deputies say the threats were unsubstantiated, but, they added extra patrol in the area out of precaution.

Ninth grader Juiderrie Robinson says the threats were circulating on social media. She says, "On Facebook, they had an obituary of Rickards on it. Then, it was people who was like they heard noises come from that way by the library. So, I had to call her. Then, it's police on each corner of Rickards. So, I had to call her to go home."

Robinson's mother says she came as soon as her daughter called. "It's better to be safe than sorry."

School District officials say they caught wind of talks of a possible shooting on Sunday night, and say they started planning then to take precaution.

Lakeisha Crump says she has a niece and a nephew at Rickards. She says, "I'm very concerned. We need to stop crime today. We need to get together and stop crime. We need to get together and stop crime. We have so many young people killing each other and it's got to stop."

Law enforcement had a visible presence near Fairview Middle School and Jack McLean Park as well.

Leon County Schools Superintendent Jackie Pons visited Rickards to help reassure parents and students.

Deputies say the rumors of threats possibly stem from last weekend's shooting death of 16-year-old Chadric Anderson.

No incidents were reported Monday. Again, authorities and district school officials say they were only being vigilant by taking the additional precautionary measures.

LCSO and TPD have a high presence in the area of McLean Park right now after rumors of some "troubles" at Fairview Middle School.

About 300 students from Fairview are at the park having pizza and sno-cones for making the honor roll. The kids are playing kickball and games in the same field that police were canvassing for evidence last week.

A recent shooting that resulted in the death of a 16-year-old happened near that park on Paul Russell Road.

By: Lanetra Bennett

Tallahassee, FL -- According to the Leon County Sheriff's Department, they have "stepped up" patrols at both Rickards High School and Fairview Middle School in response to rumors of trouble, possibly associated with the recent shooting near the fairgrounds/Jack McLean Park.

Deputies say there has been no specific incidents, and no verifiable threat at either school as of right now, and that adding the campus patrols is a precautionary measure.

Deputies could not comment on whether parents were picking kids up from school right now.

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