HOLIDAY — Three schools in southwestern Pasco were placed on “controlled campus” status Tuesday while sheriff’s deputies checked on threats against “specific students.”

The school district issued statements sent to the parents of students at Anclote High School, Paul R. Smith Middle School and Gulfside Elementary School from the principals of the three schools.

According to the statements, the controlled campus status meant deputies were “patrolling the area” to provide extra security while the threat against the students was being checked. All three statements assured the parents that all students at the schools were safe.

The statements from Gulfside Elementary School and Paul R. Smith Middle Schools said the threats being investigated involved “specific students.” The statement from Anclote High School referred to threats against “two students.”

The schools were placed on controlled status “out of an abundance of caution,” all three school district statements said.

Shortly before noon Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office posted a statement on its Facebook page that declared that Anclote High School was on controlled status and that additional deputies were “on scene out of an abundance of caution.”

The Sheriff’s Office Facebook posting added: “A threat was received and, at this point, the investigation is ongoing. The additional units will remain on scene out of an abundance of caution until the investigation is complete.”