Written Threats to Kill or Conduct Mass Shooting

PUBLISHED: Thu September 19, 2019

Osceola County (September 18, 2019) On September 17, 2019, an investigation began in reference to
a suspicious incident involving students at Horizon Middle School creating a list of students who would be
“safe” during an unknown event. Several students said another student in the school, told them they would be
considered “safe.” This caused concern for the students in regard to the possibility that there may be additional
information or another list of students that may not be “safe.”

Through further investigation, it was discovered two students had a conversation about carrying out
school violence and possibly shooting at the school. Though no date and time were discussed, a list was created
with names of students on a “safe” list and names of students on a “stab” list. There was also talk about
sneaking a gun into the school and shooting students as well as stabbing them. Both students subsequently
admitted to discussing and creating the list but said they were just joking. 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 (F.S.S. 836.10). The students were later transported and booked into the Juvenile
Detention Center in Orlando, Florida.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and the School District of Osceola County are committed to the
safety and security of our schools and we require anyone having information about these crimes or similar
threats 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 dollars.

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