• OCPS: Threat made against unnamed Central Florida school, tourist attraction 'not viable'

    By: Chip Skambis


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Orange County Public Schools said Tuesday that threats made against an "unnamed" Central Florida school and tourist attraction Monday were deemed not viable.

    The original message went out to parents Monday night, letting them know that a threat was called in to a Connecticut crisis hotline by someone outside of the U.S. targeting an unnamed Central Florida school.

    The district said Tuesday that the call came from England and that the person threatened both an unnamed school and a tourist attraction. While the threats were deemed not viable, the district said Central Florida school districts were notified and were exercising caution.

    The district said it takes all threats seriously.

    Read the full notice from OCPS below:

    "OCPS families, this is an update to last evening's safety message. We understand parents may have questions and concerns. We received notice from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement that a general threat was reported against an UNNAMED school and tourist attraction in the Central Florida area. No specific school was mentioned in the anonymous threat which was received through a crisis hotline in Connecticut, but originated in England.

    "Though the threat was deemed NOT viable, we are working with law enforcement agencies. Central Florida School districts were notified and are exercising caution. We will update you as additional information becomes available. The safety of our schools remains our top priority. Thank you for your continued support."

    Read the full original notice from OCPS below:

    "OCPS families, we want to make you aware of a general threat that was reported through a Connecticut crisis hotline today against an unnamed school in the Central Florida area. The call was made by a person outside of the United States.

    "The district works closely with law enforcement for the safety and security of our schools. While at this time there is no indication the threat is viable, we want to remind parents and students to report any suspicious activity immediately to law enforcement or call the Speak Out Hotline at 1-800-423-TIPS. We take all threats seriously. Thank you for your continued support."

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