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Leon County Middle School Gets Threatening Emails, Extra Security

Leon County Schools heightens school security due to threats
Leon County Schools heightens school security due to threats
Posted at 4:50 PM, Jan 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-05 13:18:45-05

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) -- One Leon County School required extra security Friday after threatening emails were received by school administrators.

Montford Middle School officials began receiving these emails earlier in the week. Thursday night, law enforcement was made aware of the situation.

Student safety is top priority for Leon County Schools. After law enforcement arrived on scene Thursday night, they conducted perimeter checks around the middle school and neighboring elementary school.

Although Roberts Elementary School did not receive these emails, the officials wanted to err on the side of caution. In addition to the perimeter checks, extra security was brought in for Friday.

"We reached out to law enforcement and they took over the investigation," explains Chris Petley, the Leon County Schools spokesman. "Together we decided to increase law enforcement this morning."

Although the threats received by Montford Middle School did not seem credible, school and law enforcement officials met Friday afternoon to decide if the extra security was something that needed to remain in place.

Threats like this do not happen often in Leon County Schools, but the working relationship between the school board and law enforcement remains strong.