In the wake of the fatal shooting at a Florida high school, a group of parents and community members have begun to petition the Milton school district for an emergency emergency lockdown.
The Milton school board has already declared the lockdown in place, but the students are still in class and there is still no word on whether it will be lifted.
In a statement, Milton Principal Tom D’Agostino wrote, “Milton’s primary concern has always been the safety of our students and staff, and we are working with our district partners and community partners to determine a plan to address the ongoing situation at our school.”
But it’s unclear whether that lockdown is temporary or permanent.
There have been a number of recent shootings in Florida, and several school shootings have occurred in the past month.
On Sunday, a gunman opened fire at the St. Petersburg School District in Florida after allegedly opening fire on an African-American student who had just graduated from the school, killing one and injuring another.
The shooting, which is being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, was captured on surveillance cameras.
The school district announced the lockdown on Monday morning, after a lockdown was declared in the Florida capital city of Tallahassee earlier that day.
On Monday afternoon, the Milton School Board said that the lockdown would remain in place until further notice, saying, “While the Milton students have returned to class, we are concerned about the security and safety of all students in the District and are working closely with our community partners, school resource officers and others in the community to determine how best to protect the safety and well-being of our school community.”
Milton is about a 40-minute drive from Orlando, Florida, where a gunman killed 26 people on Sunday, including the gunman himself, during a mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that “many in the district believe the lockdown is the best option available.”
The district said it will use a combination of security measures, including a metal fence and a closed-circuit camera, and that it is “monitoring all potential incidents” at the school.