VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - Two more students in Volusia County have been arrested for making threats. The sheriff is telling families that these threats are no laughing matter.
In fact, the 13-year-old and 11-year-old behind these threats are now facing felony charges this morning.
The 13-year-old goes to New Smyrna Beach Middle School. According to deputies, he told a teacher on Monday that he was going to shoot up the school. He then shot a box of Tic Tacs at her to make it sound like a gunshot. Other students told officers that they also heard the boy threaten the school as well.
However, the boy allegedly told the principal that he was joking and being sarcastic.
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood wants to communicate to parents and students that he does not take these kind of threats lightly.
"We take every threat seriously because what it does is it puts fear into the entire school. Not only do you think you are a funny guy and maybe school will get shut down and it'll be cool to see all the cops show up, but you are instilling fear into the students and teachers," said Sheriff Chitwood.
In a second case, an 11-year-old boy who goes to Holly Hill K-8 allegedly used his arm to mime cocking a shotgun and shooting at his teacher. That was also enough to charge him with a felony.