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Deputies: Seminole High student's text messages referenced Columbine

SEMINOLE — A Seminole High School student was interviewed by Pinellas deputies Monday night after he sent a text message to other students indicating there would be "an incident" at the school today, the 11th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre, a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said.

The 15-year-old male student was not arrested. Information from the Sheriff's Office investigation will be referred to the State Attorney's Office, which will determine if any charges will be filed, said spokeswoman Marianne Pasha.

"It's my understanding the individual did admit he sent these messages and that he sent them to get attention," Pasha said.

The school was not locked down Tuesday, said Pinellas County Schools spokeswoman Andrea Zahn.

"The whole message was fabricated and untrue and at no time were staff and students in danger," Zahn said.

Sheriff's Office spokesman Tom Nestor said the message was "a complete hoax."

The incident came on the heels of an increased presence by Clearwater police at Countryside High School on Monday. School district officials called that "precautionary," based on the anniversary of the Columbine school shooting and a threat made by a former student in 2007.

The student in that incident, who was removed from Countryside, threatened to harm his classmates on April 20, 2010, said Clearwater police spokeswoman Beth Watts.

No new threats have been reported, Watts said.

On Tuesday, the school had a "modified lockdown" during first period and additional police were on the campus.

About 53 percent of Countryside's 2209 students were absent Tuesday, Zahn said.

Deputies: Seminole High student's text messages referenced Columbine 04/20/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 2:54pm]
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