A 16-year-old who said he had been bullied threatened to bring a gun to Everglades High School in Miramar and “shoot up the school,” police said.
He was arrested Wednesday and charged with making threats at a school, a felony.
“Everglades High School and Miramar Police Department responded immediately to this incident, taking quick actions to investigate and safely resolve the situation,” Broward County Public Schools said in a news release.
According to an arrest report, the unidentified ninth-grader was in his theater class when another student began picking on him.
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The teen was overheard saying, ’I’m sick of this s---. I’m going to bring a gun and shoot up the school.”
The comments were relayed to the teacher, who then spoke to the student and informed the school’s assistant principal.
Several students in the class were interviewed, according to the report. One of the students told police that she heard him say he owned a Glock 9 gun. She said she asked him if he was going to bring the gun to school to “shoot them,” and he just shrugged his shoulders, according to police.
Officers then showed up at the teen’s home to question him about the threat.
According to the report, the teen told police that he was “being bullied by another student.” He said that day the other student called him names including “stupid” and mimicked him.
“[The suspect] stated that as a result of being bullied, he told [another student] that he had a gun in his book bag,” an officer wrote in the report. “He indicated that he said this to get [the other student] to stop picking on him.”
The teen told police he had no intention of shooting anyone, but he just wanted the bullying to stop, according to the report.
A search of his home did not reveal any weapons, police said. He was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.
His arrest comes as several other Broward students got in trouble this week for threats to a school.
On Thursday, two Pembroke Pines boys were arrested after police say they made threats against their schools. In one case, a 13-year-old at Silver Trail Middle was heard in class saying that he wanted to shoot up the school. In a separate case, a 14-year-old student at Franklin Academy downloaded a photo and added what police say was a threatening message before posting it on his Instagram account.
And on Tuesday, a 9-year-old was arrested after police say he brought a loaded gun to Lauderhill Paul Turner Elementary and threatened three classmates.
“All threats are taken seriously, as they create insecurity across school communities,” Superintendent Robert W. Runcie said in a letter that went home to parents. “In recent weeks, there have been a number of incidents involving minors making false threats intending to conduct violence at schools. Regardless of whether these threats are intended as a joke or not, they are now considered a second-degree felony under the new law. As a result of this alarming trend, we are encouraging parents and guardians to talk to your children about their behavior on social media and other outlets.“