The Creator Of The Viral School Shooting Post That Sparked Alert In Volusia And Elsewhere Has Been Apprehended

An 18-year-old high school student was detained by Coral Springs police on Friday after threatening to shoot up a school and posting the message on social media, which sparked fear across the state, including in Volusia County.

According to Daytona Beach Police, Mainland High School was also the target of the threat, which was being actively looked into on Friday.

The agency stated Friday morning, “We have extra officers monitoring the school and on campus and are doing everything we can to keep the students and employees safe.

Catrina Petit, a student at J.P. Taravella High School, was detained and accused of “multiple felonies,” according to the Coral Springs Police Department. According to the police, she fraudulently used another student’s name and computer access to send the threat.

According to a post on Broward County Public Schools’ Facebook page, the girl acknowledged making the threat and said she only intended it “as a joke.”

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The hoax Friday caused concern among parents and students across a large portion of the state, and as a result, numerous police departments and schools posted statements denying the veracity of the widely circulated internet threats.

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook on Friday morning, “It’s a hoax.” Although enhanced patrols of our school campuses will continue through the end of the school year, deputies, police, and school guardians are taking any potential threats seriously.

Numerous people who were keeping their children at home posted hundreds of comments on law enforcement Facebook pages in response to the warnings.

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