Alachua County students facing charges after threats made in March

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ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB) -- At least one, but possibly more, Alachua County high school students are facing charges after threats were made.

Information is being withheld as there is an ongoing active investigation, but TV20 obtained an e-mail received by a family member of a student at Eastside High School. The email reads, in part:

"We wish to inform you that we have placed students on suspension and will be recommending their expulsion from Eastside High School. The students were involved in posting a threat against the school on social media. The Alachua County Sheriff's Office is also investigating this situation, and some of the students may face felony charges.

We want to remind all students that threats against the school, its staff or students will result in significant penalties from both the school district and law enforcement. Such threats cannot be considered a 'joke.' The consequences of these students' actions will be serious and long-lasting.

We also want to applaud those who reported the threats to the school. We encourage all students and families to let us know if they hear of threats or other suspicious situations so that we can follow up as quickly as possible. All of us have a role to play in ensuring the safety of everyone on our campus."

This e-mail was forwarded to TV20 by multiple parties, and was confirmed to be sent by the principal of Eastside high school. Alachua County Schools says it cannot provide additional information on the situation because of the ongoing investigation. They did confirm ASO alerted them to the threats on Thursday and the letter was sent Friday.

ASO confirmed to TV20 that one or more students are facing charges, but would not confirm if they were Eastside High students. ASO told TV20 the threats were made in March. The Alachua County Public Schools confirmed the threats were made online in a group but they were not made aware of them until this week.