MIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) - A 16-year-old has been arrested after threatening to “shoot up” Everglades High School. This is the fourth school scare in Broward County in less than two weeks.
According to Miramar Police, the student made a verbal threat in school and another student posted about it on social media, warning other students “not to go to school.”
“I’m kind of in disbelief ’cause, like, I thought it was just another day of school,” said one student.
“I’m still iffy. That’s why I’m kind of sitting here. I don’t know if I really want to go in there, just in case something happens, but I don’t want to live my life in fear,” said senior Jayla Wyche.
The student was arrested late Wednesday night and charged with making a false report concerning the use of firearms in a violent manner.
Police said the teen made the threat in school, and another student posted about it on social media.
“At first we were kind of scared, but then we found out it was under control, so some people stayed home, some didn’t,” said student David Sosa.
This comes just a day after a 9-year-old from Lauderhill Paul Turner Elementary School was sentenced to house arrest for bringing a loaded gun to school.
That boy will have to wear a GPS monitor and is not allowed to have any contact with the three classmates he was accused of threatening. The family’s attorney said the boy had been bullied since last year, and the boy’s mother had recently reached out to the school.
He will also undergo an evaluation from a psychologist. However, the school is looking to expel the student.
Less than two weeks ago, Pembroke Pines Police also responded to a threatening statement made by a 13-year-old boy through an Instagram group chat. His threats were also about “shooting up” Pines Middle School.
According to investigators, during an interview, the boy said it was all supposed to be a joke. That teen, ended up being charged with a second-degree felony.
Around the same time, Pembroke Pines Police were alerted to a threat made by an 11-year-old at Walter C. Young Middle School. The threat happened while in the classroom, but officials said the child was never in possession of a weapon.
He also faces a second-degree felony charge.
“I think people are really just losing it, and they, they’re taking everything as a joke, and they don’t realize that they’re putting other people’s lives at risk, and it’s just crazy that this is the world we live in,” said Wyche.
The 16-year-old suspect is expected to appear in court Thursday afternoon.
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