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Deputies responded to search the school and ensure the safety of the faculty and students.
On January 25, 2018 at approximately 10 a.m, a 16-year-old Durant High School Junior was picked up early from school. Upon arriving home, he relayed to his mother he observed an unknown student in the hallway, during class change with a firearm. The parent notified the school administration, who in turn notified the School Resource Deputy. Multiple deputies responded to the school and the reporting student was returned to school for debriefing. He was interviewed for approximately one hour.
Twenty-three (23) Hillsborough County Deputies and twenty-two (22) Hillsborough County School Security officers searched the school and utilized walk-through metal detecting devices to verify no student had a weapon and to ensure the safety of the faculty and students. Multiple deputies were called in to assist from other schools and the surrounding patrol districts. After approximately 2.5 hours of searching and a three hour school lock-out, the young man being interviewed admitted he fabricated the entire incident. The event was so far reaching that Turkey Creek Middle schools received social media reports of a firearm on campus, requiring law enforcement response to that schools as well. Upon further investigation, threats at Turkey Creek Middle School were determined to be false and were directly related to the event at Durant High School. The student was arrested and charged with Disruption of a School Function, False Statement, and Obstruction. The student was booked into the Hillsborough County Juvenile Assessment Center.
HCSO strongly agrees with the public statement from our partners with the Hillsborough County School Public Schools and Hillsborough County School Security;
"We are glad this ended with no weapon on campus but we share the frustration of parents, staff and students with the fact that this was falsified information which completely disrupted the school day and took away classroom time. This also took valuable resources from the Sheriff's Office and our school security personnel, We thank the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and district school security officers for always working to ensure the safety of our students and staff"