UPDATE: MCSO arrest 9th grade student in connection to school threats

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MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB) -- UPDATE 2/12: Detectives have arrested a 15-year-old, 9th grade student at Belleview High School for making a written threat towards Belleview High School and Middle School.

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According to MCSO, the student initially reported the message to be from an unknown person, but later he admitted to creating the post himself and he was arrested.

Officials said that 470 students were absent from Belleview High School and 604 were absent from Belleview Middle School on Tuesday as a result of the threat.

The student has been charged with Sending a Written Threat to Kill, Do Bodily Injury or, Conduct a Mass Shooting and is being held on no bond.

The sheriff's office was also investigating a different threat made against Redeemer Christian School and Ocala Preparatory Academy.

Officials said that the threat was made by someone outside of the country in reaction to a dispute over an online video game.

They're no longer viewing that as a credible threat.
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UPDATE 6PM: Four Marion County schools had extra security Tuesday after the sheriff's office was notified of online threats made against the schools.

"At this point, deputies are searching for the student that made the threat following an after school fight,” said MCPS Public Information Director, Kevin Christian on voice recording.

Parents received this message Monday night after MCSO got word of a threat to carry out a school shooting that was sent via Snapchat.

"Parents, this is another great opportunity to remind your children to make positive choices every day, not ones that land them in trouble with the school and law enforcement,” the voice message continued.

The sheriff's office placed extra security at both schools Tuesday as a precaution.

Sheriff's officials urge parents to get involved with their children's social activity.

"Be involved, be right in the middle of it. Do not let them have that, where you don't know what's going on with their social media. Being involved, know what's happening and you could save your child a lot of heartache,” said MCSO Public Information Director, Sgt. Paul Bloom.

So far no arrests have been made in this case, but when detectives do find the person responsible, they will likely face felony charges.

“If a child thinks hey I was just messing around, it wasn’t meant to be, to cause all of this trouble, it's too late and it's too bad that you've committed a felony and you will be arrested,” Bloom added.

The sheriff's office also sent deputies to Redeemer Christian School and Ocala Preparatory Academy on Tuesday in response to a different threat.

Officials said that the threat was made by someone outside of the country in reaction to a dispute over an online video game.

They're no longer viewing that as a credible threat.
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In a Facebook post, Marion County Sheriff's Office announced they are looking into threats made on social media against multiple schools, including Belleview Middle and High Schools, Redeemer Christian School, and Ocala Preparatory Academy.

There may be an increased presence of law enforcement on campuses as a precautionary measure.

If you have any information relating to these threats, they ask you to please contact the Marion County Sheriff's Office at (352)-732-9111.