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A 19-year-old DeLand High School student was arrested Wednesday after he “apparently flashed a knife that was shaped to look like a firearm at other students,” according to DeLand police.

Craig Denton, 19, of DeLand is charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon on school property and disruption of a school function. As of Wednesday evening, Denton was in the Volusia County Branch Jail on $8,000 bail.

Denton was arrested shortly after 11:30 a.m., after students told the DeLand Police School Resource Officer stationed on campus that Denton flashed what appeared to be a gun at them when they confronted him about a fight that had occurred earlier in the day, according to a department news release. 

The officer alerted other units, who responded and tried to approach Denton as he was walking though the school parking lot. An officer shouted his name, but he did not respond and continued walking away.

According to the incident report, as the officer got closer to Denton, he was seen throwing a small object away. Denton attempted to run, but was apprehended by responding units. The object that was thrown ended up being a knife shaped like a gun.

Police said students were not in any immediate danger at the time of the incident.


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