FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — A Pompano Beach middle school student accused of threatening the school has been arrested.
“These types of threats are no joke, we’ve said it over and over again,” says Carey Codd of the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
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The 12-year-old was taken into custody on Tuesday and charged with uttering written death threats.
Earlier in the morning, a Crystal Lake Middle School student learned of the threat and posted the information on social media as a warning of a possible school shooting.
The department commends this student for seeing something and saying something.
“This student who initially caught wind of this threat simply learned of this potential threat, he put it there as a warning, it allowed investigators to begin their investigation and resulted in this arrest” , explains Codd.
The school resource assistant investigated and identified the student responsible for the threat.
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According to the sheriff’s office, the threat outlined a detailed plan to “infiltrate the school through all entrances” and “start bit by bit killing people.”
The school was searched and no weapon was found. The student was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.
“Our children are not safe,” says Carolina Capellan, whose son attends school.
Fear is a shared feeling between parents and students after the arrest.
“I was really worried about my safety and that of my friend,” says Antonio Montalvo
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The sheriff’s office said these types of threats are taken seriously, thoroughly investigated and could result in criminal charges. A threat to kill, cause serious bodily harm or carry out a mass shooting is a second degree felony punishable by up to 50 years in prison.