7 more student arrests brings total to 19

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As of March 7, nineteen Volusia County students have been arrested for threatening behavior since the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Since The Beacon’s last report in the March 1-4 edition, seven more arrests have occurred:

On March 6, a 13-year-old male student at Florida United Methodist Children’s Home in Enterprise was charged with a felony and a misdemeanor after being accused of making a false report concerning use of a firearm and disrupting a school function.

On March 5, two students were arrested at Florida United Methodist Children’s Home. A 16-year-old male student was charged with disrupting school operations, a misdemeanor, after allegedly threatening to blow up the school. Also, a 15-year-old boy was charged with the misdemeanor of disrupting school operations after making repeated threats that he would blow up the school, and claiming that no one would take him seriously.

Four more arrests were made March 1, the day of a full moon at 7:51 p.m.

The Sheriff’s Office arrested a 14-year-old male student at Creekside Middle School in Port Orange, after it was reported that, on Feb. 16, the student had threatened to be the next school shooter, and was overheard jokingly telling another student on the bus that he would shoot him. The teen was charged with the second-degree felony of threatening to discharge a destructive device.

A 14-year-old female student at Deltona High School was charged with the second-degree felony of threatening to discharge a destructive device after two school employees reported the student holding her hands together in a gun gesture, and saying “bang, bang” to them.

A 15-year-old boy was charged with the second-degree felony of threatening to discharge a destructive device, after he told a teacher at Deltona High School he had a concealed weapon in his backpack. No weapon was found.

A 17-year-old boy was charged with the second-degree felony of threatening to discharge a destructive device at New Smyrna Beach High School, after using a hand-drawn illustration of a handgun and bomb to pretend to shoot another student.

— Erika Webb, erika@beacononlinenews.com

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