Indian Harbour Beach Police Investigating Threats to Ocean Breeze Elementary School Students and Teachers
By City of Indian Harbour Beach Police Department // March 16, 2018
insufficient evidence to warrant criminal prosecution
BREVARD COUNTY • INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH, FLORIDA – The Indian Harbour Beach Police Department is currently investigating several threats to students and school personnel of Ocean Breeze Elementary School in Indian Harbour Beach.
In February 2018, a student of Ocean Breeze Elementary School reportedly made a statement, while in school, that he wanted to be a “terrorist” and a “school shooter.”
Indian Harbour Beach Police Detectives conducted an investigation, and with the assistance of the State Attorney’s Office, determined that there was not enough evidence to warrant a criminal prosecution.
Detectives then made contact with the family of the student, who confirmed that the child did make some statements in this regard, however, would not allow Detectives to interview the child.
The father did admit that there were several firearms in the home, however, refused to allow police to secure the firearms at the police department until this matter could be resolved.
He also refused police officer’s request to permit a voluntary inspection of the firearms to ensure they were properly secured, even though he assured the officer’s on site that the firearms were safely secured.
Detectives assisted in attempting to obtain counseling and/or social services for the child from other state agencies. School officials were notified of the outcome and stated they would handle the issue of the child in the school administratively.
On Wednesday, March 14, the same student, while in school, stated that he now had a “kill list” and named specific students. Additionally, he stated unnamed teachers and teacher’s pets were also on the list.
Again, Police Detectives were called into the school to conduct a criminal investigation. Interviews were conducted with the students and teachers.
The student admitted to making these statements but said he was only doing this to prevent kids from picking on him. A search of the student’s backpack revealed no “kill list” or weapons. Accordingly, to school officials, the student has been suspended pending further investigation.
This case was reviewed by the State Attorney’s Office and the Indian Harbour Beach Police Department which concluded there is insufficient evidence to warrant a criminal prosecution.
The Indian Harbour Beach Police Department continues to work with school officials, counselors, State Attorney’s Office, other agencies and the family.
Ocean Breeze Elementary School notified parents, via recorded message, about the most recent incident.
The Indian Harbour Beach Police Department encourages parents to talk with their children to reinforce the severity of making idle threats. All threats will be taken seriously and if there is sufficient evidence, an arrest and prosecution will occur.
The Indian Harbour Beach Police Department has taken steps to ensure the safety of each student and school personnel through an increased presence of officers patrolling the campus and other safety measures.
– City of Indian Harbour Beach Police Department
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