For third time in three weeks, Dillard High is locked down amid threat reports

For the third time in three weeks, threats of a weapon on campus at Dillard High led to a lockdown and police search on Friday at the Fort Lauderdale school.

The noon lockdown lasted fewer than 20 minutes, Fort Lauderdale police spokeswoman Casey Liening said.

A 911 caller had claimed there was an armed person on campus, but gave the wrong school information and really meant Lauderdale Lakes Middle School, Liening said.

As a precaution, police searched the school located west of Interstate 95 and north of West Sunrise Boulevard, anyway, Liening said.

The middle school, at 3911 NW 30th Ave., was locked down for about an hour around noon. The report of a stabbing turned out not to be untrue, Carter said.

Mary Embery, the 74-year-old grandmother of a 14-year-old ninth grader at Dillard, said it’s the dearth of information when the lockdowns happen that leave her unnerved.

“Everybody’s panicking because they can’t get their kid and we don’t know if it’s a real shooter or not,” she said.

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