Threat against Lyman High School in Longwood deemed not credible

A 14-year-old suspect has been arrested in connection with the threat

Law enforcement is investigating after a social media threat was posted online against Lyman High School, according to Seminole County Public Schools.

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – A threat posted on social media against Lyman High School in Longwood has been deemed noncredible, school officials said early Monday.

According to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, a 14-year-old male was arrested and faces a felony charge of making a false report concerning the use of firearms in a violent manner.

The teen is not a student at Lyman, the sheriff’s office said.

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“Contact was made with the juvenile that created the social media post and it was determined that there was no credible threat,” Longwood police said in a statement.

Security will be heightened at the school on Monday, officials said.

“While the threat was deemed to be noncredible, the intent to disrupt the campus is unacceptable. Appropriate disciplinary and legal action will be applied,” SCPS said in a message to parents and family members.

Lyman High School Principal Michael Hunter sent a message Sunday to alert families of the online threat. He said Longwood police and Seminole County sheriff’s deputies were investigating the incident.

In the Monday morning message to parents and family members of Lyman High students, Seminole County Public Schools said:

“Good morning, Lyman High School families.

“Our apologies for the early message. Last night we were notified of a threat to Lyman High School made via social media. School administrators and law enforcement quickly identified the source of the threat and made contact. While the threat was deemed to be noncredible, the intent to disrupt the campus is unacceptable. Appropriate disciplinary and legal action will be applied.

“Out of an abundance of caution, additional law enforcement and heightened security will be present on the Lyman High School campus. We want to thank our students and families who notified school administrators and law enforcement of the threat. The actions of these Greyhounds demonstrate our shared commitment to safety at Lyman. Thank you.”

The threat comes days after students played a cruel prank at Daytona Beach Mainland High School, prompting a shooting scare.

And last week, a thrown chair caused a panic at Winter Springs High School. The noise of the chair breaking glass was mistaken for a possible gunshot and a code red lockdown was issued. A 16-year-old student was arrested in connection with the incident.


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