Another Central High School Bomb Threat Investigation Ends in Arrest
UPDATE: 1:23 P.M. – The Sheriff’s Office just released the following detailed statement:
On 04-16-18 at approximately 3:30 p.m., Hernando County deputies received at least two complaints regarding a person threatening to set off an explosive at Central High School.
The individuals who notified the HCSO had been playing an on-line trivia game application called “Game Show.” During the game, a comment was posted on the messaging screen by a player with the username of “Nidolabz.” The comment was, “I am going to set off an explosive at Central High School, spring hill florida tomorrow.” Other players took screenshots of the comment and notified the HCSO.
Deputies responded to Central High School to meet with Administrators regarding the incident.
Having only a username of the person who posted the comment, deputies immediately contacted Crime Analysis for assistance in identifying the suspect.
Crime Analysis Manager Peggy Brooks conducted extensive research and was able to link the username of Nidolabz to a student at Springstead High School.
Deputy V. Mascitelli and Lt. J. Drewal made contact with the student at his home. While on scene, deputies searched the home of the student, nothing out of the ordinary was located.
The student then told the deputies that his friend, Jonathan Cunningham, is the person who utilizes the username in question.
Deputies responded to the home of Cunningham. Upon interview, Cunningham admitted to making the threat, saying it was only a “joke.”
Deputies placed Jonathan Chris Cunningham W/M DOB/06-26-2001 under arrest on the Felony charge listed below:
– Intimidation, Write or Send Threats to Kill or Injure.
Cunningham was transported to the Hernando County Detention Center, then transferred to the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) in Ocala, where he remains.
Deputies also conducted a search of Cunningham’s residence. Again, nothing out of the ordinary was located.
It should be noted that the FBI received notification of the threat through internal intelligence gathering. The FBI contacted the HCSO and was also in the preliminary stages of deploying manpower and electronic resources to Hernando County to assist in the investigation.
Resources from the FBI were cancelled due to the quick action and response from the HCSO.
Sheriff Al Nienhuis said, “There is nothing funny – or cute – or cool – about threatening violence, regardless of the intention. Parents, teachers, and students need to have open and frank discussions. They need to talk about the foolishness and stupidity of mentioning such things as –bringing a gun to school or threatening to set off a bomb. Many young people do not understand the emotional and financial cost to the community of these intentionally false reports. Unfortunately, these criminal charges will also forever change the life of the suspect. The only effective deterrent will be positive peer pressure. Fellow students must, for example, talk about how idiotic and foolish it is to even consider making such statements, even when those statements are supposedly made as a cruel “joke.”
In an abundance of caution, a large team of deputies performed a sweep/search of Central High School early this morning. Nothing out of the ordinary was located.
BROOKSVILLE – Just as one bomb threat investigation is brought to a close, The Sheriff’s Office opened a new investigation last night, after someone posted a threatening message that they were going to “blow up Central High School today.”
Sources say the statement was posted on an “app” and the Sheriff’s Office began investigating the threat, and quickly made an arrest.
This message was sent to Parents and Students this morning by Central High School Administrators: Last night, a Springstead High School Student was arrested for making a bomb threat against Central High School. Following an investigation by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, the threat is not being regarded as credible, but are performing a campus sweep at this time in an overabundance of caution.
The Sweep should be complete shortly.
The Sheriff’s Office has not commented on the situation at this time, but says a media release is forthcoming.
We will bring more on this story if new information develops.
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