Volusia County, Fla. - Two middle school students have joined a growing list of Volusia County students facing criminal charges after police say they made false reports of having guns at school and threatening fellow students.
The two students are both 13 years old, one is a student at Delltona Middle School. The school principal said a school resource deputy spoke to two teachers and several students who said they heard the boys threatening comments. The teen allegedly said, “I’m gonna get suspended after first period on the last day of school” and “I’m (going to) bring my backpack with all my stuff in it.”
The other 13 year old, is a student at Deland Middle school and reportedly became upset about having to change seats in class. According to Volusia County deputies, a student overheard the boy say he was going to shoot someone. A student said she heard the teen say “I have a gun in my backpack” and believed other students were frightened. The teenager followed his statement by acting out as if he were pulling gun out of his backpack and motioning like he was using it. He is now also facing a charge of making a threat to discharge a destructive device.
Since the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland two weeks ago, 11 Volusia County students have faced criminal charges related to making false threats.