An 18-year-old student was arrested Tuesday night after deputies said he told a friend he'd "shoot up" Dixie Hollins High School if he didn't win a senior superlative award.
But Isaac Meyers insisted he was joking, had no access to firearms and didn't intend to hurt anyone.
He was arrested on a felony charge of making threatening communications or threats of a mass shooting, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
That night deputies said Meyers warned a friend "don't come to school tomorrow," indicating that on Wednesday he planned to bring a gun because he didn't win.
A Dixie Hollins administrator was told about Meyer's verbal threats at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Deputies were called in and went to Meyer's Clearwater home about an hour later to question him.
Meyers showed deputies the Facebook messenger conversation he had with the friend, according to the Sheriff's Office.
"I hate everything and im gonna shoot up our school," Meyers wrote in a message.
The friend begged him to not do anything and asked what happened.
"Nothing I just hate everything and want everyone to know it," he responded.
Meyers admitted to making the threats, deputies said, but said it was supposed to be a joke. Deputies confirmed there were no guns in his home.
Meyers was arrested and booked into the Pinellas County jail. He was freed Wednesday morning after posting $10,000 bail.
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