An 11-year-old student at Horizon Academy school in Ocala, Florida, sparked panic and a massive police response after making a false 911 call claiming there was an active shooter on the premises. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office received the call around 9:39 in the morning, leading to a swift evacuation of the building and a search for the alleged shooter.
Despite extensive efforts by law enforcement, no armed assailants, weapons, or injuries were found at the school. It was later revealed that the call was a hoax made by the student, who reportedly wanted to leave school early. The sheriff’s office condemned the student’s actions, stating that he had “spread fear” among his classmates, staff, and parents.
The young boy’s prank will come with significant consequences. The sheriff announced that the student will have to complete a substantial amount of community service, specifically mowing grass, to compensate for the costs incurred by the emergency response. The charges against him include using a communication device to facilitate a serious crime, disrupting school functions, and misusing the 911 emergency service.
The incident serves as a reminder of the serious implications of making false emergency calls and the potential harm it can cause to the community. Authorities are hopeful that the consequences faced by the student will serve as a deterrent for others who may consider engaging in similar behavior.