Sunday, February 18, 2018
Education

Two Hillsborough teenagers arrested amid focus on school safety

TAMPA — Amid a focus on local school safety in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings last week, two teenagers have been arrested and bullets have been found on another bus.

On Tuesday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said it had arrested two students on charges of making false police reports.

Deputies said a 15-year-old Armwood High student had created a fake Facebook profile and sent a message from it to her real profile, threatening to bring a gun to school and harm people.

The girl's mother called authorities when she saw the post the night before the mass shootings. The girl was arrested Friday. Deputies said the teen had made up the post because she was being bullied and did not want to go to school.

In a separate incident, deputies arrested a 13-year-old boy Tuesday at Farnell Middle. He said he had found graffiti on his driveway that read: "From Con to FL Farnell UR Next!!" But the boy confessed to his parents that he had written the graffiti himself, deputies said.

He told deputies he feared that the Connecticut shooter was still alive and would come to his school. To get that out of his head, he said he had to write it down, a sheriff's report said.

Also, for the second day in a row, bullets were found Tuesday on a Hillsborough school bus.

On Monday, a bullet was found on the floor of a bus serving Liberty Middle, Turner Elementary and Wharton High. A student later said he had found the bullet at his apartment complex and it had fallen out of his pocket.

On Tuesday, Freedom High and Chiles Elementary were temporarily put on lockdown after a Greco Middle student reported finding two bullets on a bus that also served those two schools.

Police questioned students and conducted searches but had not yet found anything, schools spokesman Stephen Hegarty said.

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