• Parents concerned over threat, rumors at Mt. Dora H.S.

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    MOUNT DORA, Fla. -  Parents of students at Mount Dora High School said there have been reports of guns, smoke bombs or other violence planned for Thursday and Friday at the school.

    Channel 9's Kathi Belich said one student was arrested on Thursday, and despite it having nothing to do with a violent plot, it may have fueled some rumors floating around.

    The sheriff's office said it arrested a 16-year-old student on a third-degree felony for having a BB gun on campus in his pickup truck.

    In the meantime, the Lake County School District said there will be five law enforcement officers at the high school on Friday following a recent fight that broke out and a threat scrawled in chalk on a sidewalk.

    A message reading “12-21-12 kill day” was found on the sidewalk near the gymnasium, authorities said.

    The district said it doesn’t know who wrote the message, but they don’t believe it is a credible threat.

     Channel 9’s newsroom was getting calls about every 10 minutes Thursday afternoon from parents concerned about their kids.  

    Law enforcement determined many of the alleged threats were nothing more than rumors; still, some parents said they're keeping their children out of school on Friday.

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