Extra law enforcement at Blake Academy after ‘vague threat’

Polk County

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POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Extra law enforcement will remain at Blake Academy in Lakeland after a “vague threat” was made against the school.

Polk County Public Schools sent an e-mail to parents, saying that a thorough search was conducted before classes began on Thursday, but nothing was found. The campus is safe and secure and school operations have resumed as normal, school officials said.

“Extra law enforcement will remain on Blake Academy’s campus today. This is simply being done in an abundance of caution,” the e-mail said.

The district did not provide more specifics, therefore it’s unclear what the threat made reference to.

“Regarding the threat this morning. A vague threat was called into the Polk County School Board. My understanding is that the threat did not mention a specific school. Due to the media attention on Blake Academy, in abundance of caution, officers did a thorough sweep of the school prior to students and staff arriving. Nothing was found,” said Lakeland police spokesperson Robin Tillett.

R.W. Blake Academy is located on Hartsell Avenue in Lakeland. Earlier this week, the school made headlines after a video surfaced showing a student being attacked inside of a locker room. A student is facing a battery charge.


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