Update: Brevard Schools Locked Down Wednesday
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Most Brevard County schools were placed on lockdown until early dismissal Wednesday following a perceived threat of violence made by a man yesterday who was facing disciplinary action by the bank where he worked.
DeSantis said a bank employee who was being disciplined Tuesday made a statement in anger that threatened violence “worse than the school shooting in Connecticut.”
As a precaution, Brevard Public Schools security decided to lock down most public schools to protect children and staff.
Wednesday was supposed to be early dismissal at a half-day of classes for students because of the Christmas holiday.
DeSantis said some other private schools in Brevard followed suit and locked down school campuses to be safe.
The bank incident is under investigation, but he believes the threats were unsubstaniated.
“We are in contact with the gentleman who made the threats,” DeSantis said. “We have interviewed him and are continuing our investigation into this matter. We believe it was simply a poor choice of words on his part that set this all into motion.”