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.