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On Monday, October 13, 2014 at 2:13 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to Southwest Middle School in reference to a bomb threat. It was determined that a note containing a bomb threat had been turned in to a teacher, who notified the school administration. The school administration immediately implemented an evacuation of the school. LPD officers conducted a search and determined that no bomb existed and students were returned to classes.

On Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 11:30 a.m., a note was found by a student and turned in to the school office that contained a bomb threat. The school administration again implemented an evacuation until a search could be conducted. LPD officers responded and conducted a search of the school turning up nothing.

On October 14, 2014, an anonymous tip was received indicating information that could identify a suspect. Officers conducting the investigations into the two bomb threats followed up on the information and subsequently identified two students who were involved in the bomb threats.

On October 14, 2014 at 1:43 p.m., an 11 year old female was arrested for Bomb Threat/Making False/Hoax (F-2) for the bomb threat on October 14. She was transported to JAC. Subsequently this student was charged with a second count of Bomb Threat/Making False/Hoax (F-2) for her participation in the bomb threat from Monday, October 13, 2014. 

On October 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., LPD officers arrested a second 11 year old female student who was identified as having participated in the bomb threat to Southwest Middle School on October 13, 2014. She was charged with Bomb Threat/Making False/Hoax (F-2) and transported to JAC.

Many hours of school were disrupted and valuable police and school resources were utilized as a result of these threats. Parents, guardians, friends, family, please impress upon the students you know that these bomb threats are taken seriously and you will be arrested and charged. These are felony charges!


On Friday, May 16, 2014 at approximately 10:00 a.m. Lakeland Police responded to Lakeland Highlands Middle School in reference to a bomb threat. SRO Wesley had been informed that a handwritten note was found in the boy’s bathroom in the 6th grade wing of the school. As precautionary measures, an immediate evacuation of the school was done. A PCSO K9 team responded to Lakeland Highlands Middle School to assist in the search of the grounds. The search turned up no explosive devices and the students were returned to the school at approximately 12:00 noon. The Lakeland Police Department appreciates the support of the PCSO K9 unit during the search of the school.

Through the investigative efforts of Officer Wesley, Officer Edwards and Lakeland Highlands Middle School staff, a student was arrested for Making a False Bomb Threat (felony). The student has been transported to JAC.


Lakeland Police are on scene at Lakeland Highlands Middle School, 740 Lake Miriam Drive, in reference to a bomb threat. At approximately 10:00 a.m., SRO Wesley was informed that a handwritten note had been found in a boys bathroom in the 6th grade wing. At that time, an immediate evacuation of the school was called for.

The school has been cleared and all students have been returned to the school. If parents want to pick their student up, they will be allowed to do so through the normal process.

Police are actively investigating this incident and will make charges if appropriate.


On October 17, 2013 at 10:40 a.m., Lakeland Highlands Middle School, 740 Lake Miriam Drive, received several messages over a coach’s walkie-talkie in which someone was impersonating school officials. The messages ordered certain individuals to the office. One message in particular stated, “The explosives are in place and I’m feeling crazy”.
 
The school was evacuated and Lakeland Police Officers along with school officials conducted a search of the school for any suspicious packages. The school was closed until approximately 12:38 p.m. at which time students were allowed back inside. The School Resource Officer and school administrators received information from several students on who a possible suspect was. Lakeland Highlands Middle School student, Timothy Brian Keyes, 14 years old, was interviewed and admitted to making the threats using a walkie-talkie.  He was able to get on the same channels that are used by the schools coaches. The walkie-talkie was also located in Keyes backpack.

Timothy Keyes was taken into custody and charged with Making a Bomb Threat, Felony 2 degree. He was later transported to the Juvenile Detention Center.