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Another lockdown for a Keys school, fifth time since October

Key West police officer Tom Clark patrols the entrance of Key West High School Tuesday morning after a bomb threat was called in.
Key West police officer Tom Clark patrols the entrance of Key West High School Tuesday morning after a bomb threat was called in.

For the second time in less than a month -- and the fifth time overall since late October -- a bomb threat was called into a Keys school Tuesday.

Key West High School fielded a call at 9:38 a.m. saying there was a bomb on campus. Students were moved into the auditorium while police cleared the rest of the campus, ensuring there was no bomb.

Students returned to class less than hour later because an all-clear was given about 10:36 a.m., Key West police spokeswoman Alyson Crean said.

Tuesday's interruption of school follows two Dec. 14 bomb threats, one at Key West High and the other at Marathon High School.

The threats were called in to the respective schools, Key West around 8:02 a.m. and Marathon at 8:19. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office swept the Marathon school and Key West police the other for legitimate threats. All students were evacuated but police kept the public, including parents, away from both schools.

Marathon students returned to class while in Key West, they were sent home.

Sheriff Rick Ramsay says his investigators think they know who called in the Dec. 14 threats. The suspected person lives outside of Monroe County. But no arrest has been made. As for Tuesday's threat, Crean said it is under investigation.

On Dec. 7, Coral Shores High in Tavernier was locked down when apparently a child mistook an umbrella for a rifle.

On Oct. 24, there were reports of a possibly armed robber at Key West High. The school was locked down but he wasn't found on campus; he was arrested days later following a shootout with police on Stock Island.

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