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Eastside HS evacuated due to bomb threats; ASO arrests two additional students

Alachua County Sheriff's Office arrested two additional teenagers connected to the recent string of bomb threats
Published: Oct. 6, 2021 at 1:00 PM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Alachua County’s Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of two additional teenagers responsible for the recent string of bomb threats made toward Eastside High School.

Ta’Nasia Robinson, 16, and Demarcus Payton, 15 are charged in connection with at least three bomb threats. Both teens are students at Eastside High School.

Deputies say Robinson is charged with two counts of making a false threat, two counts of using a two-way communications device to commit a felony, and two counts of interfering with a school function. Robinson’s charges correspond to the threats received on September 28 and October 5.

Payton’s arrest is related to the threat made on October 1. He faces one count of making a false threat, one count of using a two-way communications device to commit a felony, and one count of interfering with a school function.

Meanwhile, for the second day in a row another bomb threat forced the evacuation of Eastside High School. The threat was received at 10:42 a.m.

The students arrested have not been connected to the threat received Wednesday.

Alachua County sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene and are sweeping the building. Students were evacuated to the football field on campus and will return to classes as soon as they are given the all-clear.

This is a developing story. More information will be added as updates become available.

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