Live Oak schools locked down after umbrella is mistaken for gun

Umbrella mistaken for a gun.
Umbrella mistaken for a gun.(WCTV/MGN)
Published: Sep. 15, 2023 at 5:29 PM EDT
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SUWANNEE COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) - A panic in Live Oak schools that caused a two-hour lockdown turned out to be nothing but a misunderstanding.

The school district received a call regarding suspicious activity on the River Side Elementary campus Friday afternoon after three students said they saw a man with what they thought was a gun, according to Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office.

For safety measures, all schools were on lockdown from about 1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

After an investigation, officials discovered that the suspicious man was a district employee who was walking carrying an umbrella.

SCSO said they always encourage students to report information that they believe is concerning or a potential threat.

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