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Police investigating social media threat involving Florida middle school

A Snapchat photo circulated online Wednesday night showing a male holding a long gun stating, “CSMS be careful. Don’t go to school tomorrow.”

Did CSMS mean Coral Springs Middle School?

At least one concerned parent thought so and reported the threat to the Coral Springs Police Department.

As a precaution, Coral Springs Police staffed additional officers at the school, 10300 Wiles Rd., Thursday morning, but police soon found out the threat was in reference to Citrus Springs Middle School in Citrus County, Florida.

“We didn’t know originally when the threat was reported last night what this person meant by CSMS,” said Coral Springs Police spokesman Det. Ernesto Bruno, “It’s not a threat in our city.”

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office wrote on its Facebook account Thursday morning that it is staffing extra security at schools while it tries to identify the poster of the threat.

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“Anyone who makes a social media post threatening to be a potential shooter should expect to be identified and prosecuted,” said Sheriff Prendergast, quoted in the post. “This is every parents’ nightmare and we’re not going to tolerate it. We understand students and parents are worried and calling into our Communications Center and asking questions. Let me assure you that we are doing everything we can to make sure we find this individual and hold them accountable.”

Contact Colleen Wright at 305-376-3003 and @Colleen_Wright.