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VSO Deputies Arrest Student, 12, for Threats at Heritage Middle School

Date Added: October 27, 2021 11:21 am

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A 12-year-old student at Heritage Middle School in Deltona was arrested Tuesday after he told another student he was going to “shoot up the school.”  

The student, Marcus Robinson (DOB 12-21-2008), told Volusia sheriff’s deputies and the school principal that he got angry during gym class when other students made him get off an exercise machine he was using. Robinson said he walked over to his friend and told him: “This is why I want to shoot up the school.”

When deputies asked why he made that statement, Robinson stated he didn’t mean anything by it and said “it was a joke.”

However, when deputies contacted the friend and his mother about the incident, the student said in an interview that Robinson stated: “I’m gonna shoot up the school. I am not kidding, and you are gonna be the first.” The friend stated he reported the incident to his teachers when he changed classes.

Robinson was arrested for making a threat to discharge a destructive device (Florida Statute 790.62), a felony. He was transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) in Daytona Beach.

Robinson was the second middle school student arrested Tuesday for making a school threat.

On Tuesday morning, a seventh-grader at Galaxy Middle School in Deltona was arrested for making several threats on the social media platform Snapchat to shoot up his school. He also was transported to DJJ.

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