Armwood High Student Threatened Gun Violence, Deputies Say
This is the third time he’s made such comments, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
SEFFNER – An Armwood High School student was accused of threatening gun violence against the school, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.
The 17 year old’s name is being withheld because he is a minor. He was charged with one felony count of false report concerning planting a bomb, an explosive, or a weapon of mass destruction, or concerning the use of firearms in a violent manner.
Deputies said he made the threat Thursday (March 22) during his second period reading class.
The student was involved in a verbal altercation with his teacher when he said, “I’m going to bring the strap tomorrow and let it off.” Deputies said a strap is a slang term for a firearm.
Witnesses who heard his threat were in fear after the comment, deputies said. Two separate times this year, the boy he allegedly made similar comments but both cases were investigated and determined to be unfounded.
“There is no bigger priority to us than the safety of our children. Due to the abundance of time and resources required to investigate each and every incident along with the climate we find ourselves in today, we all have to understand that there is a zero tolerance policy on these types of threats,” Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister said. “We take each and every one these types of cases very, very seriously.”
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