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Seminole Middle School student made school shooting threat, police say

The middle school student said he was upset about a recent break up but did not mean the threat, deputies said.
A middle school boy faces charges related to making a school shooting threat.
A middle school boy faces charges related to making a school shooting threat. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and BOYZELL HOSEY | Times ]
Published Feb. 8

A 12-year-old Seminole Middle School student faces charges Monday after he made a school shooting threat, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

The student, who the Tampa Bay Times is not naming because of his age, made the threat on the social media app Snapchat, deputies said. He sent a message that said: “Can’t wait to see what happens today at school,” with 12 pistol emojis and then, “here’s a hint.”

Deputies said they received a tip from another student who shared a screenshot of the message and identified the student. School administrators and deputies took the boy out of class, where he confessed to sending the message, according to a news release.

The boy said he was upset about a recent break up and didn’t mean what he said, according to deputies. His parents told authorities that he had no access to firearms.

He faces charges of false report concerning the use of firearms and was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.