Florida Keys

A 13-year-old girl in the Florida Keys threatened to shoot one of her teachers, police say

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Florida Keys teenager Thursday morning after school officials say she threatened to shoot one of her teachers.

Police arrested the 13-year-old Marathon Middle School student around 9 a.m. after she reportedly told the teacher she was “gonna get a gun and bust a cap in her [expletive],” Adam Linhardt, sheriff’s office spokesman, said.

A sheriff’s office school resource officer searched the girl and did not find any weapons.

She was taken into custody by the state Department of Juvenile Justice and released later in the day, Linhardt said. She faces a misdemeanor charge of disruption of a school function or class.

Police searched her home and her grandmother’s home and did not find any weapons, Linhardt said.

David Goodhue covers the Florida Keys and South Florida for FLKeysNews.com and the Miami Herald. Before joining the Herald, he covered Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware.