Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call regarding a boy who was in an “altered level of consciousness” on Saturday morning. The 13-year-old was found drunk on a sidewalk in central Florida. Reports show he told authorities he wanted to be the next school shooter. Responders transported the teen to the hospital before he was interviewed.
Investigators said the boy made statements claiming he wanted to see God and added that he wanted to shoot up schools. He specified Westside K-8 School and Celebration, where he wanted to “kill a lot of kids.” The teen added he wanted to kill a student who was “trying him.”
“We cannot allow anyone of any age to get away with criminal threats to kill, especially when they are aimed towards schoolchildren.”
Records show the boy said he recalled downing an entire bottle of liquor at home the night before. He also admitted to taking “happy pills.” He said he didn’t remember anything else before waking in the hospital.
According to the sheriff’s office, the teen who claimed he wanted to be the next school shooter had images of Nikolas Cruz, the alleged school shooter in the mass killing at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. He also had a photo of the Columbine High School shooting on his Playstation game system.
The boy told authorities he buried a gun in his backyard, but investigators found no such gun.
Records indicate the boy made similar threatening statements and was arrested and expelled from Westside K-8 school.
The teen has been Baker Acted by both Osceola County and the Polk County Sheriff’s Offices.
“We hope he receives the treatment he needs to deal with his desires to hurt himself and others, but we have also placed him under arrest for felony aggravated stalking,” said Sheriff Grady Judd.
February 27, 2018
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office confirms that a 16-year-old boy who allegedly made online threats to kill his Boca Raton schoolmates was arrested on Monday. The threats were reportedly made through a violent video game chat the boy was participating in.
The teen was found with weapons including a homemade pipe-bomb in his possession.
A tipster anonymously contacted the Boca Raton Police Department, who in turn notified the Broward County Sheriff’s Office with the information once they learned the teenager lived in Pompano Beach.
South Florida law enforcement authorities along with the sheriff’s office bomb squad, Homeland Security, and the FBI, searched the student’s residence on Monday night. Officials recovered a homemade pipe bomb along with “other weapons” in his possession, according to reports.
The teen is now facing a felony charge for possessing explosives.
According to the arrest report, the teen who allegedly threatened to kill his schoolmates is home schooled.
At the time of publishing, he was being held at the Juvenile Assessment Center.
Authorities in Broward County, South Florida, and throughout the nation have reported a rise in calls about “copycat” crimes since the mass shooting which left 17 people dead and more than a dozen injured on February 14 at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
A number of similar arrests have been made since the tragic school shooting.
We will continue to bring you up-to-date information on this and related cases as it becomes available.