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DeLand, FL 32720
Officials investigating rumor, increasing security
posted Dec 19, 2012 - 3:55:03pm
Rumors of a lockdown at DeLand High School are false.
A joint press release from the Volusia County Sheriff's Office and Volusia County Schools said that two students told administrators at DeLand High School there was going to be a shooting on Thursday.
An investigation was initiated.
The student who reported that the shooting was posted on a Facebook page was interviewed, and reportedly was not able to provide any specific details about the source.
The joint release said, "Students who reported overhearing chatter on campus also have been interviewed and are continuing to be interviewed, but thus far, no one has reported hearing anyone actually talking about planning to commit the shooting. It has just been students talking about rumors and what they've overheard from others, with no actual corroboration or substantiation of any actual threat.
"The Sheriff's Office and the school are proactively addressing the rumors with information to students and parents and are continuing to investigate and conduct interviews. But it's important to note that so far, we haven't spoken to anyone who has first-hand knowledge of an actual threat. Still, the rumors are persisting on campus and are being perpetuated through social networks. As a result, in addition to the investigation and efforts at rumor control, there will be an increased law enforcement presence on campus today and tomorrow as a precaution. This will include a presence from the DeLand Police Department in addition to the school resource deputy and the extra security measures that had already been implemented by the Sheriff's Office earlier this week."
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