Hundreds skip school in Belleview after shooting threat; teen arrested
More than a thousand students skipped school at Belleview Middle and Belleview High in Marion County Tuesday after a threat on social media.
And a 14-year-old Belleview High student has been arrested, accused of threatening a school shooting on Snapchat.
Detectives say he posted a message Monday saying, “Belleview Middle and High shooting tomorrow.” The student created a new account, posted the threat, then reported it to the Sheriff’s Office.
Marion County sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Bloom says the teen did not have access to guns and his motive isn’t clear. But the consequences are — dozens of worried parents called the Sheriff’s Office.
“It had a big ripple effect,” Bloom said. “At Belleview High School alone, there were 470 students that were absent. And then at Belleview Middle School, there were 604 students that were absent on that day, just based off of concerns that parents had that I don’t want my child going to school that day just in case.”
The ninth-grader now faces the felony charge of sending a written threat of a mass shooting.
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