From the Miami Herald:
Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, which had been placed on lockdown for several hours Wednesday morning after a wooden dresser deemed as a “suspicious package” was found in the school courtyard, resumed classes at about noon.
“We had a school lockdown due to a suspicious incident,” said Tracy Clark, the chief public information officer for Broward County Public Schools. “At this moment the school has the all clear. They’re trying to get back to normal as soon as possible.”
The wooden dresser that triggered the lockdown had several messages written on it, including “Open Me,” “Surprise Inside,” and included hate and racial slurs, according to Miami Herald news partner CBS4. While there was a swastika on the dresser, it also included hateful messages directed toward other groups. Shortly before 9:30 a.m. a bomb squad robot probed the chest of drawers, at one point knocking it backwards, according to CBS4. It broke at its base, revealing a cinder block at the bottom drawer.
Police received a call from an employee of the school around 7 a.m. about a suspicious package, said Sgt. Carlos Corretjer of the Pembroke Pines Police Department. He added that at that point only a few students were in the school.
Authorities have not yet confirmed details. School district police and Pembroke Pines police were investigating the incident.
The school, located at 12800 Taft Street, announced on its website that it had evacuated the campus and that all staff and students are safe.
Parents were lining up for blocks around 10 a.m. to pick up their kids, who were waiting behind a fence and called up one by one by school officials.
Students who could not be picked up by parents right away were escorted to Walter C. Young Middle School at 901 Northwest 129th Ave. where they waited to be rejoined with their families at a later time.
Wednesday's incident happened a day after a group of rabbis, pastors and imams came together in downtown Miami to decry hate. It also came on the eve of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year and the start of High Holy Days for the Jewish religion.
The ‘I Am My Brother's Keeper’ Interfaith Assembly was planned in response to a recent spate of anti-Semitic vandalism in South Florida.
In recent months, swastikas, the letters KKK and the word Hamas has appeared on at least three temples, a supermarket wall and cars.
In August, Orthodox Rabbi Joseph Raksin was shot and killed as he walked to temple on Shabbat. Police have said there are no indications that the killing was motivated by religion, but have not ruled out the possibility.