Pasco Middle School Student Accused of Making False Bomb Threat
He is the second Pasco student within a week accused of falsely threatening violence at a school.
PASCO COUNTY – A 12-year-old boy was arrested Friday (Nov. 4) after he allegedly made a false bomb threat, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
Malachi Sir Tage Darrough, a seventh-grade student at R.B. Stewart Middle School, was charged with making a false report of a bomb, a second degree felony.
Deputies said he made several statements to classmates and his substitute teacher, “I have a bomb! I have a bomb!” He said the bomb was in his backpack and at one point held out what was identified as the end of a pencil as if it were the detonator.
He approached his teacher and asked him if he wanted “to do the honors.” Deputies said Darrough also told a fellow student that he had to move his backpack away from him “because of the blast radius” of his bomb. Darrough was detained and no bomb was found. In an interview, deputies said, he admitted making the statements and said he was only “joking around.”
Deputies said they want to remind students and parents that these types of threats will not be tolerated and any student who makes them will be arrested.
Darrough is the second Pasco student within a week to be charged with falsely threatening violence at a school.
Pasco deputies charged Nicholas James Kaar, 15, a Ridgewood High School student, on Wednesday (Nov. 2) with making a false report to use a firearm in a violent manner. Kaar was charged under a Florida law that took effect Oct. 1. The law, which applies to so-called terroristic threats, prohibits making false reports concerning planting a bomb, explosive, or weapon of mass destruction, to also prohibit making a false report concerning the use of a firearm in a violent manner. Commission of either of these offenses is a second degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.
Deputies said Kaar told other students not to come to school because he intended to “shoot up the school.” Kaar’s threat was also verified by a school staff member.
For information about the Pasco Sheriff, go to pascosheriff.com.
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