Godby High student arrested for school shooting threat

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Posted at 10:35 AM, Feb 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-21 10:59:28-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A 17-year-old student is facing felony charges after threatening to shoot up Godby High School.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office says that they, with the help of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, arrested the teen Wednesday morning.

They say the teen made online threats to "conduct a school shooting at Godby High School."

Tuesday night, school resource deputies were informed by Godby staff that an Instagram post was circulating online, stating "I'm going to shoot up amos p godby I swear just wait on 2/23/18."

The information was also received by the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office and FDLE. Immediately, law enforcement began to investigate the threat to track down the post's origin.

Within hours, deputies found the device used to make the post and went to talk with the 17-year-old owner of the device. They were able to develop probable cause and arrest the teen for making the threat.

He was transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center. He was charged with written threats to kill or do bodily injury and resisting an officer without violence. 

This is the second incident in Leon County that involved violent school threats.

Wednesday afternoon, deputies arrested two 15-year-old students for threatening to shoot up Leon County schools. Read more about that story here

WTXL is choosing not to identify the suspect due to his age.