The Voice of the Gem City

February 21, 2019

At just about the same time that Superintendent Jim Tager was updating the Flagler County School Board on the district’s security measures Tuesday afternoon, yet another student–the third in eight days–was arrested and slapped with a felony charge for making threats to shoot up a school, this time on Snapchat. As in a previous incident in the past eight days, the girl said she’d been bullied by others.

The 16-year-old girl attends Matanzas High School. Judging from past cases, she is likely to be expelled but will be able to continue her schooling through home instruction.

A student who told authorities he or she wished to remain anonymous brought the Snapchat message to the attention of Bob Sawyer, one of three deans at Matanzas, who referred the case to Flagler Sheriff’s deputy Nicholas Champion, one of two school resource deputies at Matanzas. (Each high school has two). The other is John Landi.

“The post was shown to me and it’s a ‘selfie’ of a student,” Champion reported in the student’s arrest report, naming the student, “”with a common filter used on
Snapchat used to alter minor facial images. There was a caption attached to the picture under her face stating ‘Stupid ass bitches know I’ll shot them in the fucking head with a 12 gauge shot gun.’”

In St. Johns County, a man trying to evade authorities headed to a field and then got into a canoe, trying to paddle away from deputies before he eventually surrendered , the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

The situation started when deputies spotted a vehile that had been reported stolen near Kindred Spirit Lane, investigators said.

A man suspected in the crime saw deputies and took off – “and got stuck in a field a short time later,” authories said in a brief statement. The man then ran away and boarded a canoe on the edge of a nearby pond.

Deputies spent the next few minutes telling the man that the pond was surrounded, and that a vessel was on its way to remove him from the water, officials said.

The man paddled ashore and was arrested.

Visit Florida announced Wednesday that the state had 126.1 million visitors in 2018, a 6 percent increase from the record set in 2017.

 “It’s clear that by focusing on value and data-driven campaigns, Visit Florida and the tourism industry have achieved unprecedented success,” Visit Florida President and CEO Dana Young said in a statement.

The increase was bolstered by 7.1 percent growth in U.S. travelers, who accounted for 88.6 percent of the state’s visitors, according to the Visit Florida numbers. Overseas visitors declined by 1 percent, to 10.818 million, after falling by 2 percent a year earlier. Overseas travel has dropped for four consecutive years.

Cvg to Florida’s tourism-marketing arm. Visit Florida announced Wednesday that the state had 126.1 million visitors in 2018, a 6 percent increase from the record set in 2017.

g to Florida’s tourism-marketing arm. Visit Florida announced Wednesday that the state had 126.1 million visitors in 2018, a 6 percent increase from the record set in 2017.

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