School security at Oviedo High School ramped up over Facebook threat

Student threatened school shooting twice, deputies say

Author: Sheli Muniz, Reporter, smuniz@wkmg.com
Published On: Feb 20 2013 11:41:43 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 20 2013 12:43:06 PM EST
Oviedo High School
OVIEDO, Fla. -

Security was ramped up at a high school in Seminole County after authorities say a student posted a shooting threat on Facebook for the second time in a month.

Oviedo High School Principal Robert Lundquist told Local 6 that the boy made a  threat last month, and then again last Thursday. Lundquist said Seminole County deputies and Oviedo police started investigating immediately and a number of patrol cars lined the entrance as a precaution.

In an announcement Wednesday morning, the principal told students and staff why police were at the school and that the student had been dealt with.  However, some parents wish they had been told so they could have kept their child at home, just in case.

The school didn't contact parents because they say it was an empty threat. Lundquist said that the student's mother has since withdrawn the student.

"Kids are safe," Lundquist said. "Safest place in town right here."

The rumor mill hit overdrive at Oviedo High School as parents began receiving text messages from their child at school.
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Christine Wright's son goes to the high school and she found out from her sister-in-law.

"She had heard threats that a kid was coming to school Wednesday with a gun and that I needed to call Oviedo Police Department," said Wright. "If this has been going on, or threats, do we need another incident happening here in our back yard?"
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"I got a text from my daughter saying that there's a rumor, something going on at the school, somebody possibly had a gun, and may be even shooting," said Annette Foster, who has two kids at Oviedo High. "Sometimes, when you're waiting for something concrete, something may happen."

On Thursday, the school will have a code red drill to go over safety procedures in case of a school shooting, which officials said it was planned before this incident.