12-year-old arrested for threatening school shooting

Yesterday a 12-year-old Seminole Middle School student was arrested and charged with false reporting concerning the use of firearms after he threatened a school shooting over Snapchat.


The student who received the snap notified school administrators and the boy that made the threat was immediately removed form class.


Once confronted by administrators and deputies, he admitted to making the statements and said that he was upset over a recent break up, but that he didn't actually mean what he had said when he sent the message saying, "Can't wait to see what happens to day at school," followed by 12 green pistol emojis and "there's a hint."


Deputies also made contact with his parents.  They told officers that their son does not have access to any firearms.


He was taken to the Pinellas Juvenile Assessment Center.


Just over a week ago, on January 29, 2021, an 11-year-old Monroe Middle School student was arrested after he brought a handgun to school.


A student that knew of the firearm told school administrators who then removed the boy from class.  No threats had been made.


The Tampa Police Department School Resource Officer located the loaded handgun in his backpack.


The boy has been charged with minor in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of a firearm on school property. He was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.