Duval County student arrested after social media threat prompts lockdown at Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Duval County student was arrested Tuesday afternoon after school officials said he made a social media threat against Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts.

The school, located in Jacksonville’s Urban Core neighborhood, was placed on a brief Code Yellow lockdown as a precaution while police investigated the threat, according to a spokesperson with Duval County Public Schools.

The spokesperson said the school’s principal notified parents of the lockdown, threat and the eventual arrest of the student believed to be responsible.

“Thanks to the great collaboration between school police and administrators, we were able to identify and apprehend the individual responsible for making the threat and appropriate action is taking place,” the school’s Principal Lyles Tyrus said. “The safety of our students and staff are our number one priority, and we will continue to put measures in place to keep our campus secure.”

Exactly what was said in the threat has not been disclosed, but the suspect has been confirmed to be a student at Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts.

Making a threat or false report against a school is a second-degree felony. Any student determined to have made such a threat is expelled for at least one year and could face criminal prosecution, according to the spokesperson.

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