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Taravella High School downgraded to ‘Code Yellow’ after fake gun found

There was a heavy police presence Thursday morning at J.P. Taravella High School after Taravella High School was locked down, according to Coral Springs Police Chief Tony Pustizzi who is also the city's recently appointed city manager.
There was a heavy police presence Thursday morning at J.P. Taravella High School after Taravella High School was locked down, according to Coral Springs Police Chief Tony Pustizzi who is also the city's recently appointed city manager. Sun Sentinel

Students at Taravella High School in Coral Springs were released from school early Thursday after a three-hour lockdown sparked by reports of a gun on campus that turned out to be false.

Coral Springs police tweeted that the “Code Red” lockdown was downgraded to “Code Yellow” just before noon when police detained their suspect and found a replica gun.

Police spokesman Detective Ernesto Bruna said around 9 a.m. the school was evacuated due to the threat of a gun on campus. Police tweeted that no shots were fired and no one was injured.

The school, 10600 Riverside Dr., also was locked down Tuesday after a social media “prank” about a gun on campus, Local 10 reported.

This bulletin will be updated as more information is available.

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