A group of Florida high school students will face felony charges and may be deported after a “gruesome” school shooting prank that caused terrified children to sprint for cover, officials said.
According to the Daytona Beach department, students scrawled a promise to shoot Mainland High School on a bathroom wall last Thursday.
The police investigated the threat and found it to be unfounded.
“This type of graffiti on this particular toilet stall has become a common occurrence,” the department said in a Facebook post.
The following day, two separate groups of students planned to “capitalize” the discomfort caused by the news by staging a shooting, officials said.
“The groups can be clearly seen on video assuming specific positions and locations within the cafeteria and timing their actions,” the department said.
Surveillance footage shows several female suspects smiling and laughing until they approached a school administrator and told them “someone had a gun.”
Another male attendee waited for his staff to speak to the employee before suddenly running down a hallway.
This caused a panic as other frightened students began running to safety.
Police said surveillance footage never showed the presence of a gun on campus.
“This whole incident appears to have been a cruel prank by multiple students that is now out of control due to internet trolls, misinformed people and in some cases people who aren’t even in Florida or have kids who are on the go to school on the mainland,” police said.
Authorities said the perpetrators now face crime over “a false report of the violent use of firearms against one or more individuals”.
The outraged department also recommends that they face deportation.
Daytona Police said they released the lengthy post on the incident to dispel “rumours, conspiracy theories and lies that have been floating around on social media about Friday’s events.”
The unwise prank comes as a jury weighs the fate of Florida school gunman Nikolas Cruz, who killed 14 students and 3 staff members in 2018 in one of the worst mass killings in American history.
The jury will decide whether Cruz faces the death penalty or life imprisonment.
https://nypost.com/2022/09/12/florida-students-facing-felony-charges-for-staging-fake-school-shooting/ Florida students accused of felony for staging fake school shootings