- June 1, 2023
A threat that caused Ormond Beach Middle School to evacuate students out of the cafeteria Friday morning was determined not to be credible and law enforcement issued an "all clear," according to Volusia County Schools.
Parents received a call from the school notifying them of the threat around 10:42 in the morning, based on a screenshot provided to the Observer. The voicemail informed parents that, prior to school starting, a threat was AirDropped in the cafeteria. AirDrop is an Apple technology that allows Apple device users to wirelessly send photos, videos and other media to other Apple devices.
After evacuating students and staff from the cafeteria, the school was placed on a "hold." This incident took place after a similar threat was AirDropped during an Ormond Beach Middle School basketball game against Campbell Middle School Thursday night.
"Law enforcement have determined that the threats were not credible in either instance," the statement by VCS said. "Out of an abundance of caution, there will continue to be increased law enforcement presence on campus today."
Though VCS didn't specify the nature of the threat, emails sent to the Observer and social media posts by parents of students stated it was a bomb threat.
"Volusia County Schools takes all reports of threats seriously, and we thank our administration and law enforcement for quickly handling these situations," the statement by VCS said. "We also appreciate our students, who continue to notify school officials when they see or hear any suspicious activity."