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Unverified report of vague threat causes 'controlled campus' at Pasco school

Posted at 9:26 AM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 18:17:00-04

An unverified report of a vague threat has a Pasco County school on a controlled campus.

The report was sent to FortifyFL.

Deputies responded to Cypress Creek Middle/High School out of an abundance of caution.

RELATED: Hernando County schools placed on lockdown after school threat hoax

Pasco Sheriff's Office says additional law enforcement will be present just in case.

FortifyFL App

The threat is just one of several incidents that ABC Action News has reported on since the school year started.

I-Team Investigator Kylie McGivern began digging into the new state-mandated FortifyFL app shortly after it launched back in October. The launch followed the Parkland school shooting.

The taxpayer-funded app was downloaded more than 9,000 times in its first month. Since the app launched, users have submitted hundreds of tips. As of February 29, 402 tips were submitted.

The tips automatically go to law enforcement and school officials. But the thing is, no information is available about those tips. The state has refused to provide the public any details.

The I-Team doesn't know how many of the tips were submitted from local schools. How many are hoaxes. How many resulted in arrests. Or what kind of tips or threats authorities have received.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says it doesn't have to release any of that information to the public, citing a state law that protects tips received through the app.

This story is developing. Stay with ABC Action News for updates.