“I think I’m a be a serial killer one day and I really wanna kill everybody at Mainland High School.”
By Tony Holt | Daytona Beach News Journal
A 20-year-old Mainland High School student who made threats against his classmates on social media was taken into custody by Daytona Beach police for a medical evaluation.
Daytona Beach police identified the student as Marcuise DeLoach, of Daytona Beach.
While police did not specify what social media site DeLoach used, they said the threat “reads as follows: ‘This video actually making me wanna do the same (expletive deleted) as killing up all the classmates in the room and everyone at Mainland High School I think I’m a be a serial killer one day and I really wanna kill everybody at Mainland High School.’”
Police met with DeLoach in his classroom and he was escorted to the dean’s office, according to a police report. DeLoach was later transferred to the Daytona Beach police station for questioning. After the interview, DeLoach was transported to Halifax Health Medical Center under the Florida Mental Health Act, commonly known as the Baker Act.
Daytona Beach police Chief Craig Capri told The News-Journal that his agency is taking any perceived school threat seriously in the wake of Wednesday’s shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that resulted in 17 deaths. The killings were committed by a 19-year-old who had been expelled from the school, authorities said.
“Making these types of threats and comments is not a game, nor is it a joke,” police stated in a 5:17 a.m. Facebook post. “The Daytona Beach Police Department takes these types of comments extremely seriously and we will always move expeditiously to make sure that anyone who utters or writes such threats or comments, is dealt with.”
Andrew Gant, a Volusia County sheriff’s spokesman, said Friday that his agency is looking into a recent threat at Heritage Middle School in Deltona. An arrest is likely to come in that case, he said.
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