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School Threats Increase in Bay Co.

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - It's been one week since a gunman killed 17 people on a Broward County high school campus, renewing the gun debate and school safety concerns.

Bay County's investigators are warning students that any threat of violence will be taken seriously.

"[It's] mind-boggling that you have to send your child to school and worry, 'is my child going to be safe in school?" Capt. Jason Daffin, from Bay County's criminal investigations unit. 

Bay County sheriff's investigators said they received four potentially dangerous threats Wednesday.

They said the threats ranged from bringing guns on campus to hurting other students 

"We're not going to take a chance that this is just kids being kids," Daffin said.

One of the threats targeted Bay High, two came from Jinks Middle School students, and one from Oscar Patterson Elementary.

14-year-old Dalton Capps is accused of making statements that he planned to shoot Bay High classmates. 

Two of the other students are also facing charges. The fourth from Jinks is not being charged.

Daffin said the rate of threats have increased significantly since last week's school shootings in Broward county.

"There may be a one in a million chance that there's a kid that's actually gonna carry out one of these threats, but we're acting as if every one of them is a legitimate threat," he said.

The Broward shooting has local law enforcement, school officials and prosecutors paying particular attention to any type of threat.

"We're all trying to get on the same page and make sure we're doing every thing we can to protect the kids," Daffin said.
    


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