Boy released from juvenile detention in Lake Mary H.S. shooting hoax

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LAKE MARY, Fla. —

A 12-year-old Seminole County boy has been released from a juvenile detention center days after authorities said he prank dialed 911 and reported a gunman opened fire at Lake Mary High School on Friday.

Deputies said in addition to the charges of misuse of 911 and disturbing an educational institution, the boy was charged with giving false information to law enforcement and making a false report in the commission of a crime, all of which are misdemeanors.

They boy was picked up by family members on Monday and covered his face as they walked to their vehicle.


911 Call: Shooting hoax called in at Lake Mary H.S.


On Saturday, the judge found probable cause for the arrest and ordered the boy to remain in custody pending Monday's hearing.

Lake Mary High School was quickly placed on lockdown Friday as deputies evacuated students and faculty to ensure that everyone was safe after the hoax call came in just after noon.

Deputies and police thoroughly searched the premises and found no gunshots had been fired and that the call was indeed a hoax.

Channel 9 obtained the 911 call in which the caller told dispatchers, "There was just a shooting at Lake Mary High School right now. This place is all bloodied up."

As the call went on, the caller indicated there were still possible gunmen on campus.

"There is a lot of blood all over the place and the guys are around the place so it is not safe," the caller said.

As deputies and police arrived at the scene, video from Skywitness 9 HD showed students frantically running from the building while others walked out with their hands behind their heads.

"Did you hear it?" the dispatcher asked the caller.

"Yeah, it was so loud and everything. I saw everything," the caller said.

Seminole County Sheriff's deputies were on campus with guns drawn as they evacuated the building.

After law enforcement found no indication of a shooter or shots fired on campus, they said they learned it was a 12-year-old who had made the call.

Shewell Smith was one of many emotional parents who rushed to the school on Friday to pick up her 15-year-old.

"It just brings to mind all the times that we've heard recently all the shootings where people end up dead," she said. "It's really scary. I was glad to hear he spent the weekend in jail, so I hope they throw the book at him."