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Lockdown at Florida elementary school causes parents to panic after police served warrant in area

No shots fired on campus, according to School District of Palm Beach County
Deputies at Berkshire Elementary School, Aug. 15, 2022
Posted at 9:16 PM, Aug 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-15 22:16:00-04

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Palm Beach County deputies responded to Berkshire Elementary School on Monday afternoon and blocked off part of the campus with crime scene tape.

The School District of Palm Beach County said the school was placed on a code-red lockdown at about 2 p.m. local time because the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office was serving a warrant in the area.

The school district said no shots were fired on campus, and the school was no longer on lockdown.

"The School District of Palm Beach County has no evidence that shots were fired in the vicinity of the school," the district said in a written statement. "The school was placed on a precautionary lockdown because of law enforcement activity in the community away from the campus. All students and staff were safe. The school was given the all-clear within minutes of the lockdown being called."

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue responds to Berkshire Elementary School, located at 1060 South Kirk Road, on Aug. 15, 2022.jpg
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue responds to Berkshire Elementary School, located at 1060 South Kirk Road, on Aug. 15, 2022.

Teri Barbera, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, said there was no shooting and deputies attempted to locate an individual nearby.

Several police cruisers were seen outside the school, along with school district police officers and a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue ladder truck. In addition, part of a courtyard on campus was blocked off with yellow crime scene tape.

The tape was eventually taken down by 3:30 p.m.

Crime scene tape on the campus of Berkshire Elementary School, located at 1060 South Kirk Road in Palm Beach County, on Aug. 15, 2022.jpg
Crime scene tape on the campus of Berkshire Elementary School, located at 1060 South Kirk Road in Palm Beach County, on Aug. 15, 2022.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said crews were dispatched nearby at 2:15 p.m. for reports of a shooting.

However, those crews were cleared about 10 minutes later after being told there was no shooting and no one was hurt.

"Everybody literally started running toward the school, jumping the fence, screaming, screaming, screaming," said parent Lazara Font. "And everybody started panicking, yelling, like there was a shooting going on."

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Font described the lockdown as a "frantic scene" as concerned parents raced to get their kids from the school after rumors started circulating that something had happened inside the school.

"I ran and I hid behind one of the cars and I called 911," Font said. "And then the cops all came and they just swarmed the school. They were telling us, calm down, calm down, there's no active shooting, there's no active shooting."

Students said a code red lockdown announcement came over the school's intercom system and children were moved to another part of the building.

"It was just a code red, and then we were all hiding. And then I heard police sirens," said fifth-grade student Jonas Velez.

A code red lockdown — which means nobody can come in or out of any buildings on campus — can be initiated by a Palm Beach County school itself, the school district's police department, or by an outside law enforcement agency.

This story was originally published by WPTV in West Palm Beach, Florida.