OVIEDO, Fla. — Questions still remain after a gun scare abruptly shutdown the Oviedo High School homecoming dance on Saturday.
Police said they didn’t find a gun, but a student was arrested.
Police also said their investigation isn’t over.
According to the arrest report, the 15-year-old student who was arrested was under school suspension at the time and wasn’t allowed to attend the dance, but was able to enter undetected.
School officials noticed the student and escorted him out.
Investigators said he returned to campus, where several students told police he had a gun.
One student told police that the student showed the gun to her, but did not threaten her.
Meanwhile, another witness claimed the student appeared to be freaking out, possibly under the influence of drugs. She told police he pulled the gun from his pants and she yelled he “had a gun” and grabbed her friends and ran.
Oviedo High School is equipped with a camera system call Zero Eyes. If someone walks in front of a camera with a gun exposed, the system will detect it.
Oviedo police declined to tell Channel 9 whether or not the system detected a gun.
A district spokesperson told Channel 9 that police searched the school with dogs and metal detectors over the weekend and Oviedo police confirmed that no gun was found.
The student in question also contends he never had a gun.
Besides having an extra police presence on campus, counselors will be on hand at the school all week.
Police said they charged an Oviedo High School student with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon firearm on school property, exhibition of firearm or dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of firearm by a minor.
No other information was available.
On Sunday, Seminole County Public Schools, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and the Oviedo Police Department released a join statement in regards to last night’s incident at Oviedo High School.
Here is the statement in full:
“Dear Oviedo High School Families,
We understand last night’s Homecoming Dance incident was both an unfortunate and extremely difficult situation for our students, families, and staff. However, we wish to commend everyone involved for how they handled themselves and for the swift work of our local law enforcement agencies and Oviedo High School (OHS) staff in ensuring everyone’s safety.
To follow-up regarding last night’s Homecoming Dance incident, please know that the Oviedo Police Department and Seminole County Sheriff’s Office are fully investigating the situation. The sole individual involved was apprehended and arrested. No weapon was found. Additionally, we wish to clarify that no shots were fired and there was no altercation on campus as rumored.
Our Student Support Services Department will have added counselors on campus tomorrow for any student or staff member that may need their assistance.
In addition, to keep our students and families at ease, an extra law enforcement presence will also be available on campus tomorrow.
Thank you to our entire Oviedo community for ensuring the safety of our OHS family!”
Police in Oviedo are investigating a scare at Oviedo High School on Saturday night that brought the school’s homecoming dance to an abrupt end.
An evening call from the principal to parents said a student was not allowed to enter the dance. A rumor quickly started among students that the student had a gun.
Officials said many students decided to leave the event out of fear.
“The Oviedo Police Department apprehended the student in question off-campus and did a thorough search. No gun was found,” officials said.
Oviedo police said they never found a gun on campus, and no one was hurt, but the dance ended due to the situation.
Channel 9 has a crew working to gather more information and will provide continuing coverage on Eyewitness News.
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