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8th Grader Charged with Making a False Threat

02-22-19

As students from Bay Point Middle School were getting off at the bus stop Thursday afternoon, a student overheard an 8th 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. He said he wasn’t serious when he made the comments, and police didn’t find any 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. The St. Petersburg Police department takes every threat seriously and fully investigates each report.

The 13- year- old boy was arrested and charged with “making a false report concerning use of a firearm in a violent manner”, under Florida statute 790.163, a 2nd degree felony.

Report 2019-007881