TITUSVILLE, Florida – Investigators have confirmed with school administrators that the devices found on the Titusville High School yesterday were unintentionally left behind by students involved in an earlier school project.
According to police, the two devices were from a project by the Robotics team. They were handmade “makeshift missiles” to shoot out of an air-cannon similar to devices that shoot out T-shirts at sporting events.
The devices were packed with small bolts for weight which added to the concern that they were an actual device when initially X-Rayed.
“While highly concerning, there was no criminal intent in this incident,” Titusville police said in a statement. No criminal charges are expected at this point, police say.
“Although there was no real emergency, our see-something-say-something initiative worked exactly as we would want it to,” Brevard Public Schools Superintendent Desmond Blackburn and Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said in a joint statement. “The scenario created a ‘field exercise’ that demonstrated how effective our resources are when working to protect our students and schools.”
Police say that the Brevard Public Schools administration will now handle the issue because it caused a considerable disruption.
“Thank you to all of the local and state officials who came to support our school yesterday,” said Titusville High School Principal Annetha Jones. “Because they were here, the students, faculty and staff felt safe. Thank you for your support to Titusville High School. Also, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to my parents for their patience through this process and their support of our school.”