TAMARAC (CBSMiami) – Millennium Middle School and Challenger Elementary School in Tamarac were evacuated Monday afternoon and a student was taken into custody after a suspicious device was found.
The schools are located on the 5800 block of NW 94th Avenue in Tamarac and a command post was set up just down the street at 57th Street.READ MORE: Times Square Shooting Suspect Farrakhan Muhammad Taken Into Custody In Florida
The incident began just after 3 p.m. when several students reported seeing another student place a suspicious device in the courtyard of Millenium Middle School, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. The school had already been on lockdown due to a strong-arm robbery in the area, and the students thought the lockdown was related to the device. The students also reportedly told authorities that the suspect previously bragged to other classmates that he places a bomb on campus.
Broward Sheriff’s Office officials say the situation ended when the device was safely detonated. It is unclear what exactly the device was.READ MORE: Israelis In South Florida Monitoring Violence In Home Country, Want It To Stop
The 13 year old student, who has not been identified, was detained was at home in Lauderhill. The student had already been suspended from school for unknown reasons.
The students were sent into the school’s parking lot where most of them remained. School had been set for a 4:30 p.m. release. The last day of school is set for Thursday.MORE NEWS: Woman Who Snuck Into American Sr. High Posing As Student To Promote Instagram Account Bonds Out
Parents of the students also gathered in the parking lots and a field near the school as all of them awaited the all clear from authorities.