TAMPA, Fla. -- Students attending schools in the Seminole Heights are dismissing as scheduled following another deadly shooting in the neighborhood.
Dismissal is taking place as scheduled from our schools in Seminole Heights. @TampaPD has an enhanced presence in the area. We continue to urge families to pick up their children if possible and not have children walk alone. Police will be in the area tomorrow morning as well. pic.twitter.com/sZpkLs29I1— Hillsborough Schools (@HillsboroughSch) November 14, 2017
Eight schools in the Seminole Heights area were on lock-in status Tuesday morning:
• Elementary: Lockhart, Lomax and Seminole Heights
• Middle: Ferrell, Memorial and Young
• High: Hillsborough High School
Lock-in status means kids can be dropped off and will stay at the school Tuesday, Nov. 14, until further notice. Elementary schools will have additional security. Other schools already have resource officers. There will be no recess or outdoor activities.
The measures come after the fourth murder in the last two months in Seminole Heights. On Tuesday morning, a man identified as 60-year-old Ronald Felton was found dead on North Nebraska Avenue near East McBerry Street.
A witness says Felton was crossing the street when someone came up behind him and shot him. At this point, police are saying it’s connected to the other three Seminole Heights murders from October.
Hillsborough County Schools does not plan to bring in outside grief counselors as of Tuesday morning. Students have access to counselors at each respective school if they are having trouble.
If Tampa police learn Felton is related or had connections to students, the school district will add grief counselors.