By Brian McBride
Two students in Osceola County were arrested on Tuesday after making threats about causing violence in area high schools.
In the first incident, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office responded to Celebration High School in reference to threats made on social media. The posting, which read, “I’m shooting up celebration high school tomorrow Shhhhhhh,” was made on Snapchat, according to a Sheriff’s Office report. During the investigation, it was determined that Steven Batista- Lozada, a student at Main Street High School in Kissimmee, was the individual who made the threats. Batista-Lozada was interviewed and subsequently admitted to posting the threats due to, “The recent hysteria and other rumors of school shootings,” the report stated. Steven Batista-Lozada was charged with false report of using a firearm in a violent manner and transported to the Orange County Juvenile Detention Center.
In the second case, a school resource officer at Liberty High School responded to an incident where a student named, Enoch Cepeda made a comment in class that he was going to, “Blow up the school,” the report stated. Deputies investigated the incident and Cepeda was charged with false report of bomb threat. Cepeda was taken to the Orange County Juvenile Detention Center.
“The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and The Osceola County School Department are committed to the safety and security of our schools. All threats to our schools are taken very serious and are investigated thoroughly and persons responsible for such threats will be held accountable,” stated Sheriff’s Office Maj. Jacob Ruiz in a press release.
Anyone with information concerning these or other cases like these is asked to contact the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at 407-348-2222.