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Online threat against Carol City High students not credible, police say

Some Carol City High students have been excused from class after their names appeared on a “hit list” on social media, according to Miami-Dade schools officials.

Miami-Dade Schools Police investigated the threat, which surfaced last week, but found it “non-credible,” said Lt. Raul Correa.

The list includes at least a dozen students, identified mainly by disparaging nicknames. It appeared on the messaging app KIK, a grandparent of a student at the school said.

The post is named “Hit list Carol City High [on early release].” There is an early release day this Thursday, when classes will end earlier than on a normal school day.

District spokeswoman Daisy Gonzalez-Diego said students sometimes make threats in order to disrupt the school day when testing is in session or if it’s close to a holiday. Students across Miami-Dade are currently taking state standardized tests.

Robocalls went out to Carol City High parents, informing them of the threat and assuring them that it wasn’t found to be credible. Gonzalez-Diego said the school principal met with parents of children whose names appeared on the list.

“He did tell parents that whoever didn’t feel comfortable, they didn’t have to send them” to school on early release day, she said.

Correa said the department is constantly receiving tips about threats made on social media and called it a “phenomenon” that requires a tech-savvy staff.

“It’s quite overwhelming at times,” he said. “We’re hiring younger officers who are helping us.”

On March 9, a student at Homestead Senior High was arrested after police said he extorted sex from teenage girls through KIK. In February, police said a virtual fight between teens on Facebook ended in a shootout that cost 6-year-old King Carter his life in Northwest Miami-Dade.

Gonzalez-Diego stressed that the school district has an aggressive campaign to teach kids how to responsibly use social media.

Christina Veiga: 305-376-2029, @cveiga

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