SUWANNEE COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - An old social media post about a school shooting in Louisiana caused alarm and confusion at a Suwannee County high school on Friday.
The Suwannee County Sheriff's Office says that on Friday, a student at Branford High School (BHS) received a text message from her boyfriend at Suwannee High School (SHS) that he saw a social media post that there was going to be a shooting at BHS.
The female student then notified a school resource deputy, who along with the administration of BHS, placed the school into lockdown out of caution.
SCSO says additional deputies were also sent to the school.
The school resource deputy at BHS contacted a SHS resource deputy who was able to get into contact with the male student. The male student showed the school resource deputy the social media post, which appeared to reference a school in Bradford County, Fla. in the town of Starke.
The school resource deputy from SHS contacted the Bradford County Sheriff's Office, who knew about the post, but stated that it was old and actually was a "BHS" in Louisiana, where that student was previously arrested for the social media post.
SCSO says the lockdown at BHS lasted about 20-30 minutes, but the power went out, which led to further tension.
SCSO states at no point during this time was there an active shooter, students were not injured, and deputies did not have a shooter pinned down in a classroom.
Deputies say while Friday's incident no doubt caused some worry for the students, staff, and community, their pre-planned courses of action proved effective, and school activities resumed as soon as it was determined it was safe to do so.