Two Horizon Middle School students were arrested on Tuesday after allegedly creating a list of students they planned to either shoot or stab.
The investigation began on Tuesday after the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office responded to a suspicious incident. It involved students at the middle school who created a list of the students who would be “safe” during an unknown event, according to an agency report.
This caused concern for some students that there might be another list of students that might not be “safe,” Sheriff’s Office officials said.
It was later discovered during the investigation, that two students had a conversation about carrying out school violence and possibly a shooting at the school. Though no date and time was discussed to carry out any violent acts, a list was created with names of students on a “safe” list and names of students on a “stab” list, the report stated. There also was talk about sneaking a gun into the school and shooting students as well as stabbing them.
Both students admitted to discussing and creating the list but said they were just joking, the report stated. A third student, who was present during the conversation, corroborated the information provided to detectives.
The two students who admitted to creating the list were charged with making written threats to kill or conduct mass shooting, which is a felony. They were later booked into the Orange County Juvenile Detention Center.
“The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and the School District of Osceola County are committed to the safety and security of our schools,” Sheriff’s Office Maj. Jacob Ruiz said in a press release.
Anyone having information about these crimes or similar threats are required to call the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at 407-348-2222 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-8477, where information leading to an arrest may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.