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Online threats prompt lockdown of Lithia's Newsome High School

LITHIA — Online threats of violence prompted a two-hour shutdown of Newsome High School on Wednesday morning.

The comments indicated someone would attempt to bring a weapon to the school, at 16550 Fishhawk Blvd., said Hillsborough County schools spokeswoman Linda Cobbe.

There was no evidence the threat, which was made in an online chat room Tuesday night, was credible, Cobbe said.

But Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies and school security weren't going to take any chances.

Students were met by law enforcement as they arrived at Newsome early Wednesday, and the building had been locked down since the school day began at 7:30 a.m.

Law enforcement officials checked students and created a "controlled area" until they could rule out the possibility of violence, said Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Debbie Carter.

Deputies declared the campus safe and lifted the lockdown just after 9:30 a.m.

Online threats prompt lockdown of Lithia's Newsome High School 11/30/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 1:29pm]
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