Friday, June 22, 2018

Tarpon Springs Middle student accused of leaving threat on bathroom wall

TARPON SPRINGS — An eighth-grade student was arrested for leaving a threat scrawled on a girl's bathroom wall, according to police, that resulted in more than 100 Tarpon Springs Middle School students missing school on Monday.

The Tarpon Springs Middle student was arrested on a charge of making  written threats to do bodily harm/injury and taken to the Pinellas County Juvenile Assessment Center. Police did not identify the student or release her age.

This was the latest in a series of incidents that school and law enforcement officials have had to deal with since the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School killed 14 in Parkland.

THE GRADEBOOK: A trying week for Tampa Bay area schools 

The incident started on Friday, police said, when this threat was found in a girl's bathroom wall at Tarpon Springs Middle: "I'm coming for this school on 3-5-18 be ready!"

The school notified parents about the threat, police said, which resulted in Monday's absences.

Police  said that during an investigation, an eighth grade student admitted to a Tarpon Springs officer and a teacher that she produced the threat.

"She cited school and domestic pressures as a motive however, she was unable to articulate further as to how these issues resulted in her actions," police said in a statement.

No other information about the incident was released.

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