Broward County

Nova High, Nova Middle and elementary schools off lockdown after cops check threat

Nova High student recalls the moment when his school went into lockdown

Morgan Ellenberg, 17, a senior at Nova High School, recalls the moments police placed his school into lockdown due to a shooting threat on Monday, October 8, 2018.
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Morgan Ellenberg, 17, a senior at Nova High School, recalls the moments police placed his school into lockdown due to a shooting threat on Monday, October 8, 2018.

Nova High School in Davie and the schools in the area were on lockdown while Davie police checked shooting threats late Monday morning and early Monday afternoon, Davie police said.

There was never an active shooter. The threats proved to be not credible. Students returned to class before 1 p.m.

Broward County Public Schools district spokeswoman Cathleen Brennan said Nova High, 3600 College Ave., and the schools on its campus, including Nova Middle, Nova Blanche Forman Elementary, Nova Community School and Nova Eisenhower Elementary were on a “code red” lockdown.

Davie public information officer Mark Leone talks to the press after police cleared Nova High School's lockdown in Davie. Nova High and the schools in the surrounding area were placed on lockdown by police as they responded to a shooting threat.

Brennan said other schools in the area, including McFatter Technical College and High School and Davie Elementary were on a “code yellow” lockdown, which she described as “not a full lockdown.”

Nova Southeastern University Tweeted that the college and University School weren’t affected.

This is the second consecutive school day during which police have been required on campus. Friday, a Nova High student stabbed a schoolmate in the leg with scissors.

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Twitter user @carlysage001 Tweeted, “My high school was just on a code red for an hour and a half. My classmates and i sat in a closet fearing what was happening outside the door checking all news outlets for updates finding out that a phone threat was made to our school. Why are we still dealing with this?”

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more is learned.

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