Mon. Apr 6th, 2020

3 in custody after firecrackers prompt lockdown at Daytona Beach school


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DESKS, PANICKED PARENTS ARRIVING HERE. WESH 2’S CLAIRE METZ JOINS US LIVE AND CLAIRE, WE NOW KNOW IT WAS FIREWORKS. CLAIRE: YES, ONE OR MORE STUDENTS SET OFF FIREWORKS IN A HALLWAY AT MAINLAND HIGH SCHOOL AND WE ALL KNOW THAT THAT EXPLODING SOUND CAN SOUND A LOT LIKE GUNSHOTS. ONE STUDENT HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AND TO OTHERS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED BUT ARE NOT YET IN CUSTODY. >> PARENTS RUSHING HERE IN TRAFFIC, OFFICERS COMING CODE 3 LIGHTS AND SIRENS, IT PUTS A LOT OF PEOPLE AT RISK. CLAIRE: DAYTONA BEACH POLICE CHIEF CRAIG CAPRI WAS FURIOUS THAT SOMEONE THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE FUNNY TO SET OFF FIREWORKS INSIDE MAINLAND HIGH SCHOOL. WE ARRIVED MOMENTS AFTER THE CALL WENT OUT AND TALKED TO SEVERAL STUDENTS WHO HAD RUN FROM THE BUILDING. WE ARE NOT IDENTIFYING THEM. >> ALL OF A SUDDEN, THERE WAS A BIG BANG IN THE LUNCHROOM AND EVERYBODY JUST RAN. I THOUGHT PROBABLY IT WAS A GUN SHOT >> LIGHTS OFF FIRECRACKERS. WHAT DOES THAT SOUND LIKE? IT SOUNDS LIKE BULLETS GOING OFF. SO OF COURSE AND THEN THE WORD GOES OUT AND PARENTS. I MEAN A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE PHONES IN HERE SO THEY ARE NOTIFYING PARENTS AND IT CAUSES MASS HYSTERI CLAIRE: EVEN AS WE SPOKE TO THE CHIEF, ONE PARENT ON THE PHONE WITH ANOTHER WAS ASKING HIM TO EASE THE OTHER PARENTS FEARS. THE SCHOOL DID GO INTO LOCKDOWN WITH CALLS HOME TO FAMILIES. BUT MANY SHOWED UP AFTER HEARING FROM THEIR CHILDREN. >> I WAS SCARED. I WAS FRIGHTENED. THAT’S MY NIECE. CLAIRE: POLICE AND SHERIFFS DEPUTIES, ON SITE IN MINUTES, CLEARED THE BUILDING AND FOUND THE DEBRIS FROM THE EXPLODED FIREWORKS. THAT SOMEONE HAD THEM ON HIS OR HER PERSON MAYBE IN A BACKPACK UNCHALLENGED NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED. >> THEY NEED TO KEEP THESE KIDS SAFE. >> THE DAYS OF JOKING AROUND LIKE THAT ARE GONE. NOT IN TODAY’S WORLD. CLAIRE: ONE PERSON IS UNDER ARREST AND TWO OTHERS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED ON POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR THEM. THEY WILL LIKELY FACE FELONY CHARGES. THE DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT SPOKE EARLIER AND SAID THE CONSEQUENCES AT THE SCHOOL LEVEL WILL BE SEVERE, UP TO AND INCLUD

3 in custody after firecrackers prompt lockdown at Daytona Beach school

Three people are in custody after firecrackers prompted a report of shots fired Thursday afternoon at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach.Officials with the Daytona Beach Police Department said officers were called to Mainland High School after reports of shots fired around 12:30 p.m. Police said there was not a shooting at the school and there is no shooter. Detectives said they found firecrackers on campus. No injuries were reported. The Volusia County School District released a statement about the incident on Twitter. “Mainland High School was in a lockdown today for a short time after several reports of hearing fireworks on campus. Police searched the campus and found fireworks and wrappers. The lockdown was lifted. The normal school day has resumed,” the Tweet said.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. —

Three people are in custody after firecrackers prompted a report of shots fired Thursday afternoon at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach.

Officials with the Daytona Beach Police Department said officers were called to Mainland High School after reports of shots fired around 12:30 p.m.

Police said there was not a shooting at the school and there is no shooter.

lockdown lifted at mainland high #daytonabeach after reports of possible gunshots… it was someone letting off fireworks… that student has not been identified or found but will face charges. parents raced to scene. students panicked. @DaytonaBchPD chief furious. later @wesh

— claire metz (@clairemetzwesh) February 13, 2020

THREAD: We are investigating an incident today at @Mainlandhigh where shots were reportedly fired on-campus around 12:30 p.m. We wanted to let you know that this is not a shooting and there is no shooter. Firecrackers were found on-scene by our detectives.

— Daytona Beach Police (@DaytonaBchPD) February 13, 2020

Detectives said they found firecrackers on campus. No injuries were reported.

The Volusia County School District released a statement about the incident on Twitter.

“Mainland High School was in a lockdown today for a short time after several reports of hearing fireworks on campus. Police searched the campus and found fireworks and wrappers. The lockdown was lifted. Th

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