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Students get texts warning of a school shooting. Now, extra police are on campus

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Glades Middle School in Miramar has been assigned extra police officers Wednesday after investigators say students received texts or messages on social media Tuesday night warning them of a school shooting.

Authorities said it all started around 9 p.m. Tuesday when one student got a text “from an unknown number,” saying there would be gunfire on campus. The student, who has not been identified, told his parents, who then called Miramar police.

Shortly after that, calls began pouring in with parents saying their kids had received messages on Snapchat with the same threat.

“Hello, this is Glades Middle School and I’m sending a text because your child will be suspended starting tomorrow,” one threat said, according to police. “But I’m shooting that school in first period @ 10 a.m.”

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“As we continue to investigate to determine the credibility of this threat, out of an abundance of caution, additional police officers have been assigned to the school,” the department said in a statement.

A police spokeswoman told the Miami Herald that in addition the school’s regular resource officer, at least 11 more officers are at the middle school, 16700 Bass Creek Rd. in Miramar.

“We want to stress that this is out of an abundance of caution. Once we determine who was responsible with this text message, that person will be charged accordingly,” said Miramar police spokeswoman Tania Rues.

”We want to thank the students and the parents who contacted the school or our department We want to remind the community that communication is key and if they see something to say something.”

It’s not the first time a student sends a school shooting threat in Miramar, records show. In December, HD Perry Education Center student Myron Adams was arrested and charged with intimidation by writing or sending a threat to kill or injure — a felony.

In October, a 16-year-old who said he had been bullied threatened to bring a gun to Everglades High School and “shoot up the school.”

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