Boy, 12, Arrested for Threatening to Shoot Up School, Threats, Pranks Becoming the Norm
REGIONAL – The ripple effect from the Valentine’s Day Massacre in Parkland, Florida has led to hundreds, if not thousands of copycat pranks by students who are threatening schools on a daily basis.
During a recent Board of County Commissioner meeting in Brooksville, Florida, Sheriff Al Nienhuis said his Deputies investigated about a dozen threats during a two-day period following the tragic event.
Last week, students pulled fire alarms at Fox Chapel Middle School and Winding Waters K-8, in what some believe was an organized prank to mimic the Parkland Killer’s method of drawing his victims into the hallway. One of the students was identified and issued a civil citation for false alarms of fires.
School officials say both students also faced disciplinary action from their respective schools.
Today, Pasco County Officials reported the arrest of a 12-year-old boy, after he wrote “I’ll shoot the school up and kill all of you” on a desk at Hudson Middle School. The threats were discovered on March 7th and yesterday the boy was arrested and charged with making school threats.
An 18-year-old student was arrested Pasco High School in Dade City, after he was found with an AR-15 rifle in his truck. Spokesperson Kevin Doll of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office says, “There have been literally dozens of threats or rumors of threats that we have worked through weekly since Parkland.”
The Hernando Count Sheriff’s Office says there have been no juvenile arrests for making school threats in the last 30-days.
With bipartisan support, Florida lawmakers passed new regulations that raised the age to purchase a firearm from 18-21, and now requires a 3-day hold on most purchases. The law also paves the way to allowing trained school staff to carry firearms on campus.
Gov. Rick Scott signed measure into law last week, infuriating Second Amendment supporters who say it infringes on the rights of law abiding gun owners. Anti-gun activists were encouraged by the new regulations but they still say it’s not enough.
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