Taylor County school district dismisses early following threat

By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 4, 2019

TAYLOR COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- Taylor County school officials launched a "controlled early dismissal" across the district Monday after discovering a bomb threat written by a prisoner.

The school says they are taking "every precaution to ensure the safety of our students and staff," and says law enforcement is investigating the credibility of the threat.

The Taylor County Sheriff's Office says an inmate wrote a letter demanding $1 million or "bombs would go off" in the schools.

Authorities say after an extensive search, all nine properties in the district were deemed safe.

The inmate doesn't have a connection to the Taylor County area, according to Capt. Jimmy Cash with TCSO.

Parents were told kids who normally ride the bus would be sent home early. Others, like Charise Thomas, rushed to pick their kids up after receiving word of the threat.

"My first thought was let me get my kids and get out, get them out of the school," she said.

"We are a small town we don't usually have to go through anything like that. It was pretty scary, especially for the moms and dads who have kids."

TCHS says dismissals began at 1:15 p.m. and that all after school activities were cancelled.

The school says, at this time, school will resume on Tuesday.

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