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4 MORE STUDENTS FACING FELONY CHARGES AS THREATS, ‘JOKES,’ GUN COMMENTS CONTINUE
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood announces offenders will be responsible for cost of VCSO response
Four more students were charged with making threats of violence or false statements about guns at Volusia County schools on Thursday, bringing the number of students facing these types of charges from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office to 15 since the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland.
In light of the continued failures of so many students to heed repeated warnings from law enforcement and school administrators, Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood also announced Thursday that the defendants or their families will be held responsible for paying the cost of the Sheriff’s Office response to their cases. That cost has been determined to be a minimum of $1,082. The true cost could be much higher depending on the resources required in each individual case.
Those charged Thursday, all facing felony charges, are listed below. Offenders arrested under F.S.S. 790.162 (threat to discharge a destructive device, a second-degree felony) will qualify to be detained and held in secure detention.
Administrative offices: West Volusia 386-736-5961 Daytona Beach 386-254-4689 New Smyrna Beach 386-423-3352
Non-emergency dispatch numbers: DeLand 386-943-8276 Daytona Beach 386-239-8276 New Smyrna Beach 386-409-8276 Osteen 407-323-0151