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Deputies: Pinellas Park Middle Student Threatened School Shooting

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The 13 year old removed the posting shortly after it went up on Snapchat. She said the posting was a joke.

PINELLAS PARK – A 13-year-old student at Pinellas Park Middle School is accused of threatening to shoot up the school.

The teen is charged with one count of Written Threats to Conduct Mass Shooting. Pinellas Countysheriff’s deputies said she does not have access to any firearms and did not appear to have the means to carry out the threat.

Investigators with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said they received an anonymous tip Sunday (Feb. 21) night that the teen had threatened to shoot up her school. In a Snapchat post, which was reposted to TikTok, she said, “I’m Can’t be the only one who want to shoot up my school, not going to do it just a thought.” It then reads, “Are you ok, no it’s Monday tomorrow.”

When she Hopkins realized people were taking screenshots of her post, she removed it. It was followed by a separate post saying, “For all you that reposted, it was a joke and I did not mean it.”

Deputies met with the student and her parents during the investigation. Deputies said she admitted posting the threats and said it was, “just a joke.”

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office offers a social media resource to parents called A Toolbox for Parents. The toolbox provides resources to help parents in protecting their families while online and can be found at pcsoweb.com.

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