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School District demands students leave backpacks at home due to threats

Middle school and high school students across Manatee County have been asked to leave their backpacks at home Friday in response to "an excessive number of threats."

The Manatee County School District announced its decision through telephone calls and emails to parents Thursday because of threats in the aftermath of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

This comes after multiple threats were reported to schools like Manatee High School, Bayshore High School and Braden River Middle School, according to reporting by the Bradenton Herald .

Bayshore High School was even placed on lockdown after a threat was made on the social media platform Snapchat, according the Herald.

The school district has also been circulating a video that warns students about the importance and seriousness of threats against schools.

The Manatee County School Board did not announce when students would be able to bring their backpacks once again.

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