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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 18-642

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • August 21, 2018
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    School Based Threat Results In Arrest

    Neither the school nor any children were ever in danger.
    • Thursday
    • August 16, 2018
    • Time: 4:30 PM
    • Hillsborough County

    Arrested:

    13-year-old juvenile
    Black
    Male

    Charge:  
    Florida Statute 836.10(1): Written Threats to kill, do bodily injury or conduct a mass shooting or act of terrorism. (Felony)

     

    Details:

    A 13-year-old boy, was arrested at his home in Clair-Mel today around 4:30 p.m. for threatening to bring a gun to Dowdell Middle School. He was charged with written threats to kill, do bodily injury or conduct a mass shooting or act of terrorism, a felony, after he made the comments during a social media session with another individual. The young man was upset because he had previously been expelled from the school for bringing a gun to school on April 26, 2018. He was on juvenile probation for that matter when he was arrested today.

    "I am disappointed to be having this type of situation occurring so early in the school year but I cannot be any more clear, we will not tolerate any threats against a school. Period.," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "Our children are our most precious resource and keeping them safe will remain my highest priority."

    Neither the school nor any children were ever in danger. No weapon was located. He was arrested without incident and transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center in Tampa.

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