Lake County middle school student had plot to kill teachers, cops say

Lake County deputies say student taken for mental evaluation

CLERMONT, Fla. – A Lake County middle school student was taken for a mental health evaluation after school officials say the student had planned to kill his teachers, along with himself.

Lake County Schools said on Wednesday another student at East Ridge Middle School in Clermont reported the boy's plan to school officials on May 19.

A Lake County Sheriff's Office School Resource Officer then got involved, according to school officials.

Deputies said the student had a knife in his possession when they interviewed him on May 19 and a "little black book" that had a printed out drawing of the school with X marks where he wanted to kill teachers.

According to the report, the student had five teachers he wanted to kill, along with anyone in the front office. The student had then planned to kill himself in front of his peers in the cafeteria, deputies said.

The student was taken to Lifestream Behavioral Center for evaluation under the Baker Act, or Florida Mental Health Act, according to deputies. It's not known if there will be disciplinary action.

Deputies said the student had recently been suspended for 10 days and was in the process of "alternately placing the student." It's not clear why the student was previously suspended.

No weapons were found in the boy's room at his home, according to the report.

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