Shooting threats bring Sumter sheriff’s detectives to elementary school

Sumter County sheriff’s detectives were called to an elementary school Wednesday after two students were heard making “concerning” statements.

When detectives arrived at Bushnell Elementary School, located at 218 W Flannery Ave., they were told that two boys were overheard by other students talking about bringing firearms to school and shooting teachers and students, along with other violent acts.

That prompted sheriff’s deputies to respond to the residences of both of the boys to determine if either child had access to firearms. Both children may face misdemeanor charges, a sheriff’s office report states.

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office has vowed to take all threats made at schools quite seriously and to thoroughly investigate each one.

“We have reached a point, due to the recent violent school tragedies, that this behavior cannot be tolerated,” the report says.