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Student arrested after making threats to shoot up Franklin County school

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Posted at 11:42 AM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 12:04:57-04

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — A student has been arrested after deputies say he made several verbal threats to shoot up a school in Franklin County.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in collaboration with Franklin County Schools system says the have completed an investigation concerning a juvenile making verbal threats to get a gun and shoot up the school.

According to FCSO, the student was detained in the office of the School Resource Deputy for further questioning On Wednesday.

During the investigation, the sheriff’s office learned the student made several verbal threats to shoot up the school, overheard by multiple students at different times.

These students were each interviewed, separately, to confirm the verbal threats.

FCSO says the juvenile also posted very disturbing images on his Instagram social media account.

The images were of weapons with names (normal teacher, geometry teacher, library teacher, gym teacher) and so on, according to authorities.

Deputies say the juvenile confirmed that he posted these images and was “trying to scare those who have harassed him at some point or another at the school.”

On Thursday, the student was arrested and charged with written threats to kill, do bodily injury, or conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism; punishment; exemption from liability.

The student was processed at the Franklin County Detention Center and then transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Tallahassee.

School officials say keeping students, teachers and all other school personnel safe, is a top priority.

Superintendent Traci Moses made the statement, “I will close the schools and send students home if we have any threat to the safety of students.”

Franklin County Sheriff AJ Smith stated "The school was never in an unsecured position during this event."

Smith went on to say that "verbal threats in school, out of school or on social media, to shoot up a school or a person will result in an arrest.”