Student who yelled about fake gunman arrested, Citrus County School District says

Citrus County

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CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A number of Citrus County schools were placed on a cautionary lockdown Friday morning while authorities investigated a report of a possible gunman at Lecanto High School.

Officials with the Citrus County School District said a teacher at the high school activated her crisis alert badge when she was told that a possible gunman was in a hallway. Seconds later, administrative and law enforcement officials were notified and responded to the teacher’s location.

The district said a student shouted during the class change that he saw another student with a gun. As a result, students ran through the hallway before a lockdown was initiated for the entire Lecanto School complex.

The district said an investigation was conducted and the student who allegedly made the announcement was arrested for making a false report concerning the use of firearms in a violent manner, which is a second-degree felony.

“I want to be clear,” District Police Chief Dave Vincent said, “threats of violence should never be a joking matter and those seeking attention for these types of situations will be prosecuted to the fullest extent”

Officials said the lockdown affected the entire Lecanto Complex including Lecanto Primary, Lecanto Middle, CREST, Pace and The Renaissance Center.

“Our administrators and first responders acted immediately to the reported threat for the safety of our students and staff and had a resolution to the investigation in less than 30 minutes.”

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