Student lied about shooting threat at DeLand High, police say

School was placed on lockdown

DeLAND, Fla. – A student who reported a shooting threat that caused a lockdown at DeLand High School on Thursday lied about overhearing the violent comment, according to the DeLand Police Department.

Volusia County Public School officials said the school was placed under the lockdown at 11:10 a.m. Thursday after a student reported hearing another student tell someone he was going to “shoot someone.” The lockdown was lifted around 1:30 p.m.

DeLand police said the lockdown was in place as a precaution while the rumor was investigated.

Around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, police said they determined that the 17-year-old boy who reported the threat made up the story to get out of school.

The teen is charged with disruption of a school function.

“Even if it was a rumor, we have to take all of these very seriously,” a spokesperson for the district said.

After searching every classroom, police cleared the scene and the lockdown was lifted.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.

The lockdown came moments after a middle school in Osceola County was under a lockdown after a report of a possible gun on campus. No gun was found and that lockdown was lifted about 30 minutes later, according to police.

No other details were immediately available.

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