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Gov. Rick Scott visits Jewish school in Broward that faced bomb threats



Gov. Rick Scott visited a Jewish school in Broward County Friday morning that faced bomb threats twice earlier this year.

Scott toured the David Posnack school and neighboring Jewish Community Center in Davie.

"We gave him a tour of the campus and we were talking about the most recent bomb threats around the country at all of the different sites in the state of Florida and how we can deal with it," JCC director Scott Ehrlich said.

The governor didn't offer any new assistance in response to the bomb threats but Ehrlich said he expressed that Florida won't tolerate discrimination against any group including Jews.

Scott requested to visit the campus -- the event was organized by the Jewish Federation of Broward County, Ehrlich said.

Scott had previously visited the center in 2016 for a ceremonial bill signing related to a memorial in Tallahassee for Holocaust survivors. For that visit, Scott was accompanied by Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera shortly after he had a quickie Bar Mitzvah in Israel.

The Posnack school faced bomb threats Feb. 27 and March 7 and is one of the several Jewish institutions in South Florida that have faced bomb threats this year. So far in 2017, there have been 165 bomb threats to Jewish institutions in 38 states and three Canadian provinces, according to data compiled by the Anti-Defamation League through March 15.

Scott's press office did not respond to an email seeking comment. Scott's daily schedule did not reflect any additional events in Broward County.