Polk student arrested for threatening those who he said bullied him, police say

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Published March 15, 2018

A Polk County high school student was arrested Thursday after he made threats on Snapchat that he would kill students at two schools who he said were bullying him, according to Lakeland police.

Lakeland High student Jared Timothy Gleydura, 18, was arrested on a felony charge of producing a written threat to kill or injure and booked into the Polk County jail.

Police said the threats appear to stem from Wednesday's national walkout to remember the 17 people killed in the Feb. 14 Parkland school shooting. Gleydura participated in the walk out, said Lakeland police Sgt. Gary Gross.

Students at Lakeland High and George Jenkins High told the school resources officers there that Gleydura had posted a video to the social media app Wednesday night saying he wanted to kill people, Lakeland police said.

In the video, according to police, Gleydura said six unnamed students were making derogatory and homophobic remarks to him. Gleydura did not file a complaint with the school about the bullying, Gross said.

"I want to kill them," he said in the video, according to police. "I'm going to kill them. I'm going to commit manslaughter on Tuesday."

Detectives searched Gleydura and his home and said they found no weapons. Gleydura told detectives that he didn't actually intend to carry out the threats. He said he made them because he was being bullied.

Contact Jonathan Capriel at 813-225-3141 or Follow @jonathancapriel.