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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.