Student faces felony charges after allegedly making threats to Weston high school

WESTON, FLA. (WSVN) - - A third student has been arrested and charged with two felonies after recent threats were made to schools in Broward County.

Sixteen-year-old Oliver Ellis faced a judge on Tuesday morning after he allegedly sent out threats regarding a shooting at Cypress Bay High School in Weston.

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the school, located along Southwest 45th Street and Bonaventure Boulevard on Friday and placed the campus on lockdown as they investigated.

The threat was deemed non-credible, and the lockdown was later lifted.

According to BSO, a second threat towards the school was posed on Monday and Ellis, a junior at the school, was the person behind both of them. They said the threats were sent by email and over text.

Ellis was taken into custody on Monday night.

Cypress Bay students weighed in on the arrests, Tuesday.

“Some of these kids just think it’s funny, but it’s really stupid,” said student Jake Goldstein.

“We also heard that the only reason he said it is because he didn’t want to go to school,” said another student.

Ellis is the third Broward County student in two weeks to be arrested for allegedly making false threats.

A 14-year-old girl was arrested on Thursday for allegedly calling in two bomb threats to Lauderdale Lakes Middle School and Oriole Elementary School. Both schools were evacuated while authorities investigated the credibility of the threats.

One day after, a 12-year-old girl from Falcon Cove Middle School in Weston was arrested after she allegedly posted a death list of students on Snapchat.

“You can’t say that stuff, because they take threats really seriously now,” said student Lauren DiGioa.

On Monday afternoon, Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie issued a warning to students who decide to make false threats. Runcie said the threats are taken seriously and authorities will act accordingly.

“Your child will be arrested, there will be serious consequences,” Runcie warned.

Even local judges are warning young people to make good decisions.

“Although you may think these threats are just pranks, law enforcement and the courts do not,” said Broward Circuit Judge Jack Tuter, Chief Judge of the 17th Judicial Court.

Ellis has been ordered to stay away from his now former high school.

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