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Pinellas student, 18, told class he would ‘shoot all them up,' police say

Police later found books about firearms in Brandon Gregory Scott’s bedroom.
Gibbs High School student Brandon Gregory Scott, 18, threatened to shoot his teacher and classmates on Wednesday, according to St. Petersburg police. [Times]
Published Aug. 22
Updated Aug. 22

ST. PETERSBURG — An 18-year-old Gibbs High School studentwas arrested Wednesday after threatening to shoot his classmates, police said.

Brandon Gregory Scott told a teacher and peers that he planned to “shoot all them up,” according to an arrest affidavit. He faces a felony charge of making a false report of a firearm to conduct bodily harm.

After threatening a shooting, Scott “changed his statement,” officers said. He told the class he would “shoot them up with my fist” instead.

Police later searched Scott’s bedroom and found three books detailing how to assemble and take apart firearms, as well as a compound bow, gloves and what officers called a Halloween mask.

He was arrested there about 5 p.m. Wednesday, then later released from the Pinellas County Jail on $10,000 bail.

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Officers are seeking a court order for Scott that would prevent him from being able to legally access firearms or ammunition, the affidavit said.

A law created in 2018 after theshooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High can be used by law enforcement when there is evidence that a person poses a danger to themselves or others by possessing either.

Police spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez said Scott’s age factored into officers’ decision to seek the order. “Even if he doesn’t have a firearm” now, she said, “he would be able to get one.”

School district spokeswoman Lisa Wolf said school staff worked quickly with the police department to investigate and address Scott’s statements.

She added: “The district takes safety seriously and will thoroughly investigate any concern to ensure the security of our schools.”

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