Flagler Palm Coast High School was locked down for a few minutes in early afternoon today following reports of a robbery in the Target shopping center nearby.
“There was a robbery somewhere in the Target plaza,” Mike Judd, a senior administrator at the school district, said. “The person never got on campus and was apprehended. They were on lockdown for about 5 minutes.”
Judd added: “Any time that there’s a serious crime like that in the area they’ll lock down just in case the person would attempt to get on campus, but there’s no indication they got anywhere near the campus.”
As it turned out, however, there was no robbery. Maj. Steve Clair of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said a shopper at Target had bought two suitcases. When she got to her car, she loaded one and forgot the second one behind, and drove off. When she realized she only had one of the suitcases, she called her daughter in Daytona Beach and said she’d been robbed. That report made it back to Palm Coast, triggering the chain of events that led to the lockdown. In fact, someone else in the parking lot, finding the forgotten suitcase, wheeled it back into the store.
There was a lockdown at Buddy Taylor Middle School earlier in the day when the Sheriff’s Office was called in on a report of a domestic disturbance in a neighboring residence. The man involved in that disturbance had fled into the woods near the school, triggering the lockdown. That man was apprehended, and Buddy Taylor resumed normal operations.
FPC, too, resumed normal operations and campus began emptying for the long weekend: there’s no school on Monday, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, or on Tuesday, a teacher work day.