Florida Sheriff's Deputies Foil School Shooting Plot

A North Florida teenage boy who was accused of planning a mass shooting had a detailed map of his school in his possession, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

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A North Florida teenage boy who was accused of planning a mass shooting had a detailed map of his school in his possession, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.
A North Florida teenage boy who was accused of planning a mass shooting had a detailed map of his school in his possession, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.
Putnam County Sheriff’s Office

PUTNAM COUNTY, Florida -- A North Florida teenage boy who was accused of planning a mass shooting had a detailed map of his school in his possession, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

The 14-year-old Q.I. Roberts Junior-Senior High School student, whose name the Miami Herald is withholding because of his age, was taken into custody Monday afternoon after deputies were warned of a potential shooting threat through the Fortify Florida app.

Deputies immediately responded to the school where they discovered the map in the teen’s backpack. The map also had times by each classroom, detectives say.

“Seeing the plans this student made to cause harm to teachers and fellow classmates made my blood run cold,” Sheriff H.D. “Gator” DeLoach said via Facebook.

Investigators found no weapons on campus or in the teen’s possession.

Deputies took the student to a Juvenile Justice facility in Daytona Beach later that evening.

“The potential for this student to plan out such a vile act is reprehensible,” DeLoach said. “While the court system will handle the criminal charges filed against him, it is our hope he also receives the help he so desperately needs to deal with his demons. He is definitely on our radar.

Putnam County School District officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

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