HOLT, Fla., Feb. 22, 2018–Local police and sheriff’s offices have investigated a number of threats against people and schools since the school shooting last week in Parkland, Fla.
The most recent concerned a potential threat to Bruner Middle School in Fort Walton Beach today.
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report that a student at the school may have made a threat of school violence.
After concluding its investigation, the OCSO found no corroborating evidence to support a credible threat. Deputies also determined the student accused of making the verbal threat, who denied the accusation, had no access to weapons.
Additionally, shares of a Snapchat post earlier today are causing concern in Okaloosa County.
The OCSO has been inundated with calls, including 9-1-1 calls, in reference to a Snapchat post shared locally that someone attempted to link to Fort Walton Beach High School, according to the sheriff’s office.
The written message was found at a school in Pinellas County and has no local connection, according to OCSO.
And in Walton County, Walton County Sheriff’s Office investigated a potential threat at the “In10sity” Magnet School when a notebook was found with a written threat to harm students.
Just after noon today, a student attending the school found a composition notebook in a classroom with the note. The student immediately notified a teacher who alerted the school resource deputy on campus.
Within minutes the school imposed a temporary restriction on student movement on school grounds. An administrative search was conducted of all classrooms, common areas and backpacks.
No weapons were located; however, a person of interest was identified.
In both instances, investigations by the sheriff’s offices determined the threats did not pose a danger to the schools in question. However, teens were arrested and charged in each case.
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the other sheriff’s offices and local police departments, have stressed there is a zero tolerance regarding school threats.
Staff, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and Walton County Sheriff’s Office releases