Several Riviera Beach schools on lockdown due to threat, police say

A threat that turned out to be a hoax led to two schools going on lockdown in Riviera Beach. (WPEC)

The all clear has been given at several schools in Riviera Beach after a threat forced them to go on lockdown.

Rose Ann Brown, a spokeswoman for Riviera Beach Police, told CBS12, confirmed the lockdowns at JFK Middle School and Bethune Elementary.

According to Corey Brooks, the principal at JFK Middle School, the school received a call from West Palm Beach Police about a possible threat of violence after school. Brooks said police searched all the classrooms, halls and perimeter.

"We had to make sure that the call was not true and irrelevant," said Brooks. "There was no individual within the campus that possessed a weapon. Unfortunately it was a hoax phone call but we couldn't take that for granted," he added.

Brooks said classes resumed as normal Thursday afternoon but some parents elected to pick up their kids early.

The Palm Beach County School District told CBS12 it is gathering information on the incident.

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