New Smyrna Beach, FL – A New Smyrna Beach Middle School student has been charged with a felony after a threat to shoot up the school was found written on a boys’ bathroom wall at the middle school on Tuesday morning.
The 14-year-old boy is the 24th student charged by Volusia County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO) for a school threat since the deadly school shooting in Parkland, FL on Valentine’s Day. VCSO says a student reported seeing a threat and a drawing written in green marker in the bathroom. The incident occurred between 9:54 AM and 10:20 AM on Tuesday.
One boy, the 14-year-old suspect, happened to visit the office at around 11:15 AM and reported that he saw writing on the bathroom wall. A school resource deputy was called, and the boy was questioned. He admitted to having a green marker in his backpack. The boy’s backpack had several pieces of paper with the same drawing that was seen on the bathroom wall, and he admitted to writing the threat, according to VCSO.
The student was arrested and taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice. VCSO reminds students and parents that any defendants arrested for threats to area schools will be held responsible for paying the cost of the investigations, or their families will be held responsible. That cost is estimated at $1,032 per case.
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