POPD Press 3 Releases – Horizon Elementary School 1 18 18

See images of Vandalism to Horizon Elementary School after the Press Release regarding a threat to the school

See press release about the Vandalism to Horizon Elementary School after the images of the Vandalism.


The Port Orange Police Department has concluded its investigation regarding a threat of violence made at Horizon Elementary School on January 17th, 2018. Through the course of our investigation, it was determined the threat was made by a 7 y/o who is a student at the school and that this incident is unrelated to the vandalism which occurred a few days prior. The student confessed to writing the threat and stated he did so as a prank. School administrators have suspended the student and the parents have been contacted. There will be no charges filed on the student.


At this time we do not believe there to be any safety concerns for the students, faculty, or administration of Horizon Elementary regarding the previously mentioned vandalism or the reported threat.


Ofc. Evan Doyle

Public Information Officer


Port Orange Police Department detectives have identified and interviewed three juveniles
responsible for the recent vandalism of Horizon Elementary. The juveniles, ages 12, 13, and 14,
are current students at a middle school in Port Orange and all live near Horizon Elementary.
Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that the juveniles entered the school
grounds on multiple occasions over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend and caused
extensive damage to approximately 18 classrooms. The damage included, but was not limited to,
flooding, graffiti, flooring (carpet and tile), cabinetry, furniture, and computers. Volusia County
Schools is currently in the process of estimating the cost of the damages and will also be
handling any school related discipline. Due to the extent of the damage, the investigation is
ongoing however the charges pending at this time are as follows:
• Felony burglary
• Felony vandalism
Port Orange Police Department detectives are investigating a vandalism which occurred
to Horizon Elementary, located at 4751 Hidden Lake Dr. The damage was discovered this
morning by a school employee before teachers and students returned from the holiday weekend.
POPD investigators and representatives of Volusia County Schools are working in concert to
determine the extent of the damage and process the scene for potential evidence.
The Port Orange Police Department requests that anyone who has information pertaining to this
incident to please call 386-506-5801.


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