Police investigate threat at University High School in Orange City
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Officials with the Volusia County School District and the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office are looking into a bomb threat written on a bathroom wall at University High School in Orange City.
The threat read "F--- this school, everyone can just die and they WILL monday at 11:45 by a bomd [sic] in a girls bathroom,” and then listed several building numbers around the school’s campus.
District spokeswoman Nancy Wait said Monday morning that the district had not yet identified the student responsible for the threat.
“We have not identified who made the threat; however, we had extra deputies and dogs on campus before students arrived today,” she said. “We also are maintaining a heightened awareness today for anything unusual or suspicious packages. The school is having a normal day, although we probably have a few more absences than usual.”
Several parents on Facebook community watch forums said they would be keeping their children at home in response to the threats. Others dismissed the threat, while many were unsure what to do.
“I gave my daughter the choice to go or stay home. She decided to go. The person who wrote the threat can't even spell bomb correctly,” one parent said, on a forum titled “Community Watch - DeLand, Orange City, Deltona.”
“I'm contemplating. They want to go [to school], but I'm a scared momma,” another wrote.
“At this point, after talking to other parents and my kid, we all felt that in this situation, is[sic] better to be safe than sorry, especially when my child tells me this threat feels different and feels scared,” said another in the forum.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Andrew Gant said his agency is taking the threat seriously. Bomb-sniffing dogs didn’t turn up any explosive threat on the campus, he said.
“We’ve had an extra deputy presence there this morning, and we also took bomb-sniffing K-9s out there after the threat was discovered. The bomb dogs cleared the campus,” Gant said.
“We’re continuing to investigate, and we’ll do whatever we need to do to keep students safe. Unfortunately, as you know, these threats are all too common, but we take each one seriously.”
- Anthony DeFeo, email@example.com