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Alonso High School locked down over death threats

TAMPA — Alonso High School underwent a modified lockdown for most of the day Friday because a former student threatened to kill a current student, authorities said.

The ex-student — Michael James Alessandrini, 18, of Tampa — left a voicemail and sent a text message Friday threatening to kill the Alonso student, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. The school at 8302 Montague Street was put on modified lockdown while deputies located Alessandrini. A modified lockdown means students can move between classrooms, but no one can enter or leave the buildings and outdoor activities are canceled.

Deputies arrested Alessandrini about 12:30 p.m. at or near his home, 6700 Rome Ave., according to Hillsborough jail records. The lockdown was lifted a short time later. He faces a felony charge of written threats and was in a Hillsborough County jail Friday evening on $7,500 bail.

Alessandrini was charged in January with violating a domestic violence injunction, according to county court records. He pleaded no contest and was convicted in March.

Alonso High School locked down over death threats 04/26/13 [Last modified: Friday, April 26, 2013 5:49pm]
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