MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Sunrise police officers are waiting on the State Attorney’s Office to determine if a Westpine Middle School student will be charged.
Investigators said the student asked someone else to hold a gun Wednesday. When that person refused, police say, the student and two others left campus to a nearby park. Another student then reported the incident to administrators.
Officials then placed the school on a Code Red lockdown.
One parent picking up her younger child at an elementary school nearby saw the heavy police presence and rushed over to Westpine.
“My heart is racing. Did you see the first thing I asked? Are the kids ok?,” a parent told CBS 4’s Ty Russell.
Police say nobody was hurt and a gun was not found on campus.
Chopper 4 was overhead the school as a line of police cars were parked out front. Parents waited nearby and were texting their kids.
“They’re still in the cafeteria. So, they’re just waiting. But he said kids were crying because they’re scared. I told him don’t panic,” Brittany Six said.
Moments later, the chopper was a mile away above West Wind Park in Lauderhill. That’s where police say they found the student in question with two others. All three were taken into police custody. Since then, they’ve all been released. Police say no weapons were found on them or in the park.
One mom says she wanted to be kept in the loop, but wasn’t.
“I wish that somebody would say something,” a parent said.
A spokesperson with Broward County Public Schools says parents were notified from the principal with several messages during the lockdown.
While parents were outside, they say inside the school, some students were crying. That made moms and dads worry more.
“Another mom said that she was in the middle of the road and she doesn’t know what to do. She started shaking because she has friends at Stoneman Douglas,” Gisela Viana said.
Investigators say no weapon was found on campus and they were able to dismiss students on time.