Students Threatened Violence at Their High Schools, Tampa Police Say
The threats were later determined not credible but the two boys were charged with making a false report, the Tampa Police Department said.
TAMPA – Two teens have been arrested after threatening violence at their respective high schools, the Tampa Police Department said.
A 15 year old from Middleton High School was arrested Monday (Feb. 19). Police arrested a 16 year old this morning (Feb. 20) in connection with a classroom incident the previous day at Robinson High School.
Although both threats were not credible, the two boys were each charged with one count of making a false report concerning the use of a firearm in a violent manner, a second-degree felony. Police said that Florida Statute 790.163 makes clear that it is “unlawful for any person to make a false report concerning the use of firearms in a violent manner.”
The 15-year-old student was on the Middleton High School campus about 2 p.m. Monday despite being suspended from school. Officers said he was told that he had to leave campus because he was suspended.
Police said he responded by saying: “I’m going to come back tomorrow and shoot this b____ up. I don’t give a f____, I’m going to f____ this school up.”
The student later said he was just talking with other students about the recent school shooting in Parkland. His mother was called and she cooperated with school officials and police.
A threat assessment concluded that the teen did not have any firearms to carry out his threats.
The 16-year-old student from Robinson High had a disagreement with his teacher regarding his grade. Police said he told the teacher, “If you do not change my grade I will shoot up the school.”
A threat assessment and a visit to his home determined that he did not have any firearms to carry out his threat, officers said.
Chief Brian Dugan said in a joint news conference with School Superintendent Jeff Eakins earlier today that students will be held accountable for making irresponsible statements directed at their school.
Officials said the Tampa Police Department and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office will continue to team up with school security to investigate comments and social media postings of a threatening nature.
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