Student dismissal delayed at Seminole High School due to shooting

Officials say suspected shooter in custody; classmate wounded

Law enforcement responds to Seminole High School after reports of shots fired

SANFORD, Fla. – Seminole High School students had a delayed dismissal Wednesday because of a shooting at the school.

According to the school’s website, students are released at 1:20 p.m. on Wednesdays from the 9th grade center.

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Seminole High School was on a “Code Red Lockdown,” according to the district. The ninth-grade center was under a “Code Yellow.”

Parents who need to pick up their students from the 9th grade center are asked to enter from the Lakeview Drive entrance.

Dear Seminole High School 9th Grade Center Families, 9th Grade Center Students will release close to regular normal...

Posted by Seminole High School Sanford on Wednesday, January 19, 2022

The main campus has a release time of 1:10 p.m. on Wednesdays, but dismissal is delayed as it remains under a “Code Red Lockdown.”

Just before 3 p.m., school officials said they would begin dismissing walkers, bike riders and students who drove to campus. Shortly after 3 p.m., the school said parents are able to pick up their students on the main campus and buses would be released shortly after car riders are released. The school posted on social media at 4 p.m. that bus rider releases were underway.

Dear Seminole High School Families, We are now underway with our Bus Rider Dismissal. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding throughout today's incident. Thank you! -Seminole High School

Posted by Seminole High School Sanford on Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Law enforcement responded to the school after a student was shot over a dispute over a dead relative, according to Sanford police. Police said the victim, an 18-year-old student, was shot three times by the 16-year-old suspect.

“One of the children did go to the school. We’re looking into if the other person went to the school,” said Ronny Neal, public information officer for the Sanford Police Department.

The school sent a voicemail to parents about the updated dismissal on the main campus.

You can hear the voicemail in the media player below:

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Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.