West Orange High lockdown lifted, no weapon found

Orange County Public Schools said West Orange High was placed on lockdown Friday morning after a threatening note was found in a campus bathroom.

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  • | 1:12 p.m. November 17, 2017
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WINTER GARDEN  After being on lockdown for an hour-and-one-half, West Orange High has been cleared and determined secure by law enforcement.

According to a post on the school’s Facebook page, it went into lockdown around 10:35 a.m. Orange County Public Schools stated that the lockdown was called due to a threatening note found in a bathroom.

“Please note that West Orange High School is currently in lockdown due to a note found in a restroom that indicated a potential threat to our students’ safety,” OCPS stated at the time of lockdown. “Because the safety of our students is first foremost, we take all such situations seriously and hope to be out of lockdown as soon as the situation is investigated and resolved.”

Law enforcement searched the school and determined the campus is safe and secure, according to a post on West Orange’s Facebook page. The lockdown was lifted around 1 p.m., and students are now rotating to lunches. All students and staff are safe.

School officials are attempting to get buses to campus earlier so they can dismiss students at 2 p.m. 

A similar situation occurred at Windermere High School Wednesday, Nov. 16, which was also placed on lockdown after a report of a person with a gun on campus.


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