Central Florida schools consider increased security in wake of gun scares, threats

WINTER PARK, Fla. — Yet again, Central Florida police are investigating a security threat at a local school.

Read: Police: ‘Cruel prank’ led to panic at Mainland High School Friday

A 15-year-old was just arrested after Winter Park police said they found a gun and ammunition in his backpack.


While law enforcement was responding recently to Olympia High School for an online threat, there were other incidents at schools in Winter Springs and Daytona Beach.

Now, staff at Winter Park High School are dealing with a student with a gun on campus.

Watch: Winter Park High student, 15, accused of bringing gun, bullets to school in backpack

When word of the lockdown spread, parents rushed to Winter Park High School on Wednesday after receiving texts from their children inside the school.

Parents also got a message from the principal. It explained that the lockdown was brief and that there were no ongoing threats.

There have been several school threats around Central Florida over the past weeks.

Read: Longwood boy, 14, charged with felony for social media threat to Lyman High School

Volusia County school leaders are putting in place more safety measures.

We found out officials will do walkthroughs at 10 middle and high schools by this Friday.

They also plan to go through each school’s safety plans with law enforcement and will be ordering metal detectors.

Watch more in the video above.

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Q McCray is an award-winning general assignment reporter.