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No threat found after caller claimed bombs were placed at Hillsborough County schools

Deputies are working to identify who called in the threat.
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TAMPA, Fla — Editor's Note: This story was updated on Feb. 26 with clarification from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Hillsborough County Public Schools sent a note to families Thursday morning warning the sheriff's office had gotten a threat about bombs on every school campus.

In a note sent to school district employees, Superintendent Addison Davis said an anonymous caller claimed “our crew put a bomb on every campus that will go off today."

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says the call came in at 11:12 p.m. Wednesday. Officials with HCSO say after they received that call, deputies went to the schools to make sure the buildings were "secure" and nobody could gain access.

The sheriff's office says school resource deputies and school resource officers went through the campuses with school security Thursday morning. An HCSO representative initially said no additional law enforcement crews were sent out to the schools on Thursday, but the office later clarified that additional deputies were out at the campuses alongside the aforementioned resource officers and deputies.

School leaders say they take threats like this very seriously and will continue to monitor all the facilities to make sure it's safe. 

Law enforcement officials are working to determine who made the call.

You can read the full memo from Superintendent Davis to school employees below:

Team Hillsborough,

Please be advised that the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous call early in the morning stating that “our crew put a bomb on every campus that will go off today”.  Out of an abundance of caution, every school has been swept by law enforcement and school security to identify any potential hazards.  At this time, there is no indication that this threat is valid, however, we will always take these threats serious and continue to monitor all facilities to ensure a safe location.  

I wanted to keep everyone posted as we continue to lead in a transparent manner.

Respectfully,                                                                                                     

Addison G. Davis

Superintendent of Schools

Hillsborough County Public Schools

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