By: Sharon Aron Baron
A Code Red was issued today after a student at J.P. Taravella High School reportedly saw a former student on campus carrying a large bag.
According to Coral Springs Police, at 7:36 a.m. a student notified a security monitor that she saw the former student and a Code Red was issued by the school administration and the School Resource Officer was notified where he immediately transmitted to Coral Springs Police dispatch for response.
A Unified Command with Coral Springs Police and Fire was established outside of the perimeter of the school, while Coral Springs Police Officers made entry into the school to begin clearing and investigating the reported incident.
Officers cleared the entire campus, while other police personnel reviewed surveillance video. They found that the reported suspicious person was an actual student who resembled a former student.
In a statement, Coral Springs Police wrote:
“We are proud of the student for coming forward to alert officials of the possible security risk. The quick actions of school security, administrators and the two Coral Springs School Resource Officers assigned to the campus, aided in our department’s ability to provide a comprehensive response. By obtaining this information so rapidly, our officers along with the Broward Sheriff’s Office and Broward School Board Special Investigations Unit, were able to quickly and efficiently begin searching for the suspect. From our established Unified Command Post, our Coral Springs Police and Fire first responders were able to deploy to multiple locations to secure the campus. We received additional support from Margate- Coconut Creek and Tamarac Fire Rescue.”
The lockdown was lifted before 10:00 a.m. and classes resumed as normal. Because the school was scheduled for only a half day, students were released at noon.