• Jasmine Chandler

Student arrested after making threats to Leon County High School


On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, over 700 students at Leon County High School stayed home because a threat was made about a student coming to shoot students at the school. A 15-year-old student was arrested after making two threats to the s school.

Fears of a shooting first began the previous Friday when graffiti was found in the bathroom on the campus which stated, "Ima shoot the school up on March 13, 2019." Law enforcement investigated the threat and determined that is was not convincing enough. On the next Tuesday afternoon, Principal Billy Epting sent a email to all parents that student absences would be excused for the next day.

On Wednesday, a third of the student body did not show up for school or were checked out early by parents. At that time, Florida law enforcement was aware of a second threat that had been going around by text message.

The 15-year-old arrested was charged with written threats to do harm; law enforcement decided that the person did not have specific plans to carry out the threat. However, police are still investigating the incident. Extra security has been assigned to the school campus.