Sheriff’s office seeks guidance after ‘crush’ calls continue to disrupt school in Flagler

FLAGLER COUNTY, FL. – Buddy Taylor Middle School received another threat Thursday morning, marking the third day this week the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office says they have to respond to the school.

The sheriff’s office said Wednesday that a male voice made “overwhelming” calls to the Flagler County Communications Center and Buddy Taylor Middle School over two days, each time with threats aimed at the latter. Officers responded each time to search and clean the school while regular hours resumed, according to the sheriff’s office.

Thursday’s threat came as drop-off began at the middle school, the sheriff’s office said. social networks. School buses were again diverted and the school was again searched by deputies before the all-clear was given and regular schedules resumed.

Speaking directly to parents, the sheriff’s office said it understands their concerns and is working with Flagler Schools to provide updates “as this caller continues to disrupt school operations.” The sheriff’s office said it would conduct proactive patrols at several schools to ease parents’ concerns that the calls were a distraction.

“Swatting” is a growing trend nationwide, where a caller makes false reports that draw an onslaught from law enforcement and prompt lockdowns, according to the sheriff’s office.

Anyone with information about the calls is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 386-313-4911 or by email at [email protected].

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