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Students accused of making shooting threat against Tuskawilla Middle School

Officials say threat was not credible

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SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Two students who made a threat to the Tuskawilla Middle School campus have been arrested, according to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said a 13-year-old girl showed a school employee text messages between her and 14-year-old boy in which they both talked about committing a school shooting.

Extra security was added on campus Friday as a precaution.

Seminole County Public Schools Superintendent Walt Griffin sent a recorded message to parents Thursday evening about the arrests.

“Our law enforcement partners at the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office immediately investigated and addressed the situation. At no time was there any concern for the safety and security of our faculty, staff, and/or students. Our Tuskawilla Middle School Campus is completely safe for learning,” he said.

He reminded parents that students who make threats can face legal repercussions.

“Please be assured that school district discipline will be fully applied as outlined in our Student Code of Conduct to the students involved, in addition to any criminal charges that may be levied. We wish to make it crystal clear that threats of any kind are no laughing matter and will not be tolerated,” Griffin said.

He also urged students and parents to report suspicious activity or behavior. Tips can be submitted through the P3 Campus app, the FortifyFl app or at SpeakOutHotline.org.


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