Police: Eighth Grader Said He Would Bring Gun to School
St. Petersburg police said the threat was not credible but charged the boy with a second-degree felony.
ST. PETERSBURG – An eighth grader at Bay Point Middle School has been arrested after he was overheard telling a friend he was going to bring guns to school, the St. Petersburg Police Department said.
The 13- year- old boy, whose name is being withheld because of his age, was arrested and charged with “making a false report concerning use of a firearm in a violent manner,” a second-degree felony.
As students from Bay Point Middle were getting off at the bus stop Thursday (Feb. 21) afternoon, a student overheard an eighth grade boy tell his friend not to go to school the next day because he was going to bring his guns.
The student went home and told her parents and they reported it to St. Petersburg Police. During the investigation, police spoke to witnesses and went to the boy’s home. Officers said he told them he wasn’t serious when he made the comments. Police said they found no firearms at his home.
Police determined this was not a credible threat and no students were in danger. However, his comments caused significant alarm and fear among students and parents and used significant police resources.
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