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Lost in translation: Social media post about FL shooting leads to soft lockdown in Avon

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A soft lockdown at schools in Avon has been lifted following reported threats (WFSB) A soft lockdown at schools in Avon has been lifted following reported threats (WFSB)

A note referencing the Florida school shooting was found at a business in Avon and forced schools into lockdown. 

Police said a Post-It note, which said "our [expletive] school is getting [shot] up," was found at Quest Diagnostics on West Avon Road.

According to the superintendent's office, the precautionary lockdown was in effect for all five of the town's schools. It was part of the schools' "code yellow" protocol.

It was lifted around 11 a.m.

“I was a little bit concerned," said Ben Colman of Avon.

Colman said he has three children in the district.

“An email went out from someone at the school, I think one of the administrators, saying there was a soft lockdown because of a general threat to the area," he said.

The superintendent said police stepped up patrols around schools on Friday.

Channel 3 cameras saw a police car parked outside of the high school. Doors were locked and no one was allowed inside the building.

“[It's] very sad," said Rhonda Lobrutto of Avon. "This is not the way I grew up and I don’t think children should have to go to school in fear.” 

Police said a worker found a handwritten note about the Florida shooting at Quest Diagnostics They said a Spanish-speaking cleaner had copied a social media Snapchat post about it and sought someone to translate it. He told police he was worried his younger children did not know what the message meant.

It was then accidentally left behind and found by someone else.

Police said they confirmed the story by viewing a translation app on the worker's phone.

Colman said he was comforted to know that schools take precautions.

"I figured though if it was something very serious they would have done something a little more serious. I’ve haven’t experienced it before so I was concerned," he said.

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