Moore Haven Middle School student arrested for threatening text messages

A Moore Haven Middle-Senior High School student was arrested last week after Glades County sheriff’s deputies were informed of threatening text messages allegedly sent to the student’s friends.

The 13-year-old middle school student was arrested before school began on Thursday, May 14 and charged with two counts of threatening to discharge a destructive device, a second-degree felony.

The student reportedly sent text messages to friends the night before his arrest saying he was going to bring a gun to the school to commit acts of violence against fellow students, according to Sergeant Mike Pepitome, of the Glades County Sheriff’s Office.

The student also reportedly said he would bring propane tanks to school, which he would shoot with the gun to make them explode.

He had reportedly packed a duffel bag full of athletic balls to make it look as if it were filled with the alleged propane tanks, said Sergeant Pepitome.

It is reported the student had watched a documentary on the 1999 school shooting at Columbine High School a few weeks before the alleged threats were made, and was apparently trying to reenact the situation to scare his friends.

The student alleged the threats made were just a prank, but reportedly knew why the deputies were at his door Thursday morning.

The school was placed on a partial lock down Thursday, as deputies combed the property for any guns or explosive devices. None were reportedly found. It is reported the family does not own any guns, either.

The student’s mother, a teacher at the school, was astounded to learn about the threatening messages her son reportedly sent to friends, Sergeant Pepitome said.

“It’s sad. The student is only 13 years old and now has two felonies hanging over his head,” said Sergeant Pepitome.

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