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Hernando High Student Threatened to ‘Shoot Up’ School, Deputies Say

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He told deputies he intended to carry out the threat and “shoot anyone who pissed me off,” the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said.

BROOKSVILLE – A 17-year-old Hernando High School student was arrested after he threatened to “shoot up” the school, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said.

He was charged with two counts of written threats to kill or injure.

Deputies said that two students on Wednesday (April 25) told Bill Pope, the school resource deputy at Hernando High in Brooksville, that another student was making threats to commit a shooting at the school the next day. Both students gave Pope text messages sent by the suspect student that contained the threats.

The student who was making the threats was suspended from school for another matter. Detectives said they tried to locate him or a parent or guardian but were unable to do so.

Deputies managed to find the student. Deputies said that, when Detective Shawn Galarza made contact with him, the student admitted sending the text messages to the other students. He was immediately arrested.

Upon further questioning, the student told Galarza that he did write the text messages and did intend to carry out the threats. Deputies said he did not have a firearm, or immediate access to one, but told them he was going to try to borrow one from a neighbor or buy one from a store.

He went on to tell Galarza that once he got a firearm, he was going to Hernando High to “shoot anyone who pissed me off.”

The student said he knew that what he was texting and what he planned to do was wrong, but he was so upset, he just wanted to hurt people.

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