School shooting threat circulating in Central Florida deemed non-credible

Social media post threatens Lake Mary High, other schools

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – A circulating post threatening a school shooting against several Central Florida schools, including Lake Mary High School, has been deemed non-credible, according to officials.

The threat making rounds on Snapchat details a plan to attack Lake Mary High School on Friday, May 5.

Seminole County Public Schools told News 6 that the threat has been circulating on social media, and it is has already popped up in other counties.

“It is the same social media post circulating from earlier in other counties and now circulating in Orange and Seminole with different school names attached,” SCPS Communications Officer Katherine Crnkovich told News 6. “It has been deemed non-credible in the other county from this morning... This is part of a larger-scale initial post that seems to have come from South Florida.”

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A voice message to parents was sent out reiterating the threat is a hoax.

“We can confirm this is the same post circulating in several other counties with various school names attached,” the message says.

The district also put out a message to parents on Thursday to ease concerns brought about by the threat.

Dear Families and Students,

I am writing to let you know that we were made aware of a social media post on Snapchat that referenced Lake Mary High. We have been working closely with law enforcement to investigate the origin of the message and we have been told this same post is circulating in other counties with various school names attached. This has been deemed non-credible in other counties that dealt with the post earlier.

Lake Mary High will operate as usual tomorrow including AP and F.A.S.T. testing. As a reminder, we will have additional law enforcement presence on our campus for the remainder of the school year.

Seminole County Public Schools

In Daytona Beach, law enforcement said a threat has also been made to Mainland High School and officers are investigating.

Osceola County Public Schools also addressed the threat Friday morning.

“Our Safety and Security team is aware of a non-specific threat of school violence that is being circulated on social media throughout numerous counties, including Osceola, and many states. Law enforcement has investigated it, and has unfounded it as a hoax,” the district wrote.

Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said while there is no specific threat to the county, “patrol efforts are being enhanced around the schools as a precautionary measure.”

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