UPDATE Jan. 30 as of 1:45 p.m.
Winter Haven Police Department Release:
Yesterday, there was a written threat of violence at Winter Haven High School found on a bathroom wall for today’s date. Winter Haven Police Department responded immediately and increased coverage at the school and started an investigation. Out of an abundance of caution, Winter Haven Police Department increased a presence at the school today as per protocol through the Polk County Safe Schools. Winter Haven Police Department has no indication that this is a credible threat. Winter Haven Police Department continues to investigate to determine the origin of the message.
All parents have continued to be updated from the School Board. This morning another message was found in a different bathroom and WHPD investigators continue to look at both incidents. However, once again, Winter Haven Police Department does not have any reason to believe either of these are credible threats.
We had several reports from readers that Winter Haven High School received a death threat dated for 1/30/19. The Winter Haven Police Department has confirmed it was not a death threat, but a threat of violence.
In abundance of caution, there will be extra officers on campus throughout the school day tomorrow.