Copycat threats emerge after school shooting

PARKLAND, FLA. (WSVN) - In the days after 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School lost their lives in a mass shooting, other people have been arrested for copycat threats.

At least three students have been arrested for threats made toward schools in the 48 hours after the shooting in Parkland.

Officials have promised that those who make these threats will be punished.

An 11-year-old Nova Middle School student was arrested, Thursday, after she slipped a note under the door of the assistant principal’s office which read, “I will bring a gun to school to kill all of you ugly [expletive] kids and teachers [expletive]. I will bring the gun Feb. 16, 18. BE prepared [expletive]!”

The girl made a court appearance where she faced a judge. Her parents were on hand and in an emotional state.

The judge ordered her to serve a 21-day home detention, and she’s prohibited from using any electronic device.

Sunrise Police also arrested a 17-year-old Piper High School student who made a threat along the lines of her school being the next target. However, she hadn’t been in school for a couple months.

Her mother also appeared in court but did not want to talk.

She was also ordered to serve a 21-day home detention with GPS monitoring and no access to the internet.

A third student in South Carolina also posted an image to Snapchat, showing him posing with a weapon with the caption “Round 2 of Florida tomorrow.”

The suspect told police it was simply a badly timed joke.

Over in Miami-Dade County, threats were also made at Coral Park High School, and it’s left students on high alert.

“I’m still pretty shaken up with everything that’s going on lately,” said a student.

Students at a Hialeah High School has also been left on edge after the school was placed on Code Red.

“I heard that there was a shooter around the area,” said a student.

“They said it wasn’t a drill,” said another student. “Everybody really panicked during that time.”

Similar threats were also made at Ferguson High School and Miami Lakes Middle School.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has sent out a strict warning to anyone who wants to attempt a copycat threat.

“Any threat that is posted on a social media site or is delivered verbally is interpreted as a felony and shall be persecuted to the full extent of the law,” he said.

Carvalho also stated that officials have responded to over 50 supposed threats in the last couple of days.

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