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Security tight at South Florida schools amid social media threats

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There will be an increased law enforcement presence at Miami Dade and Broward County Public Schools today.
Out of an abundance of caution, school officials issued a warning saying that schools would be open, but there would be beefed up police presence.
In recent days, threats have been circulating on social media, telling students to stay home because it’s a “day to do harm in school.”
“While this threat did not originate locally and is not believed to be credible, there will be increased law enforcement presence across our schools,” the statement read.

It comes after a widely circulated TikTok video threatened school violence.
It isn’t clear where the threat originated, but law enforcement don’t believe it was made locally.
A number of students have been arrested in South Florida recently for allegedly making threats to public schools in the area, which is a second degree felony.
One of the latest arrests in a disturbing trend of school threats in Broward was a 14-year-old student who was arrested Wednesday for allegedly threatening classmates at Pompano Beach Middle School.
And in October, a student threatened violence against Miramar High School in a group chat.
On Dec. 1, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland threatened a mass shooting at the school while in a social media chat room.