By Brian McBride
A third student in Osceola County has been arrested this week for making threats at a high school.
On Tuesday, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office responded to Celebration High in reference to a report of threats posted on social media. The posting was placed on the school’s Instagram page and made a potential threat to students, faculty, and staff. In addition, a second victim reported that they received a direct threat on their Instagram page from someone using the same screen name, which stated, “Tomorrow I will kill you,” according to a Sheriff’s Office report.
During the investigation, it was determined that a student named Andy Espinosa-Bernal, 17, was the individual who made the threats. Espinosa-Bernal was interviewed and admitted to posting both threats. Espinosa-Bernal was arrested and charged with false report concerning the use of a firearm or bomb and written threats to kill. He was transported to the Orange County Juvenile Detention Center.
Two other students were previously arrested on Tuesday after making school threats.
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 admitted to posting the threats due to, “The recent hysteria and other rumors of school shootings,” the report stated. 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 Tte 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.