BAKER, Fla. (WKRG) — A Baker School student who made threatening comments in a message to another student via social media was arrested Friday by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.
According to OCSO, the 17-year old student is charged with making a false report about planting a bomb, explosive or weapon of mass destruction or concerning the use of firearms in a violent manner, a second degree felony.
Deputies say the male student sent a message to another student approximately two weeks ago in which he was holding what appeared to be a rifle. At the time the photo was sent, the two students were friends but have recently began arguing about a girl. Deputies say the 17-year-old made recent comments in a separate message about possibly purchasing the weapon and using it to harm another student and their family.
The student told School Resource Officers that he did send the messages but never intended to harm anyone, according to deputies.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has a zero tolerance policy in regards to threats and the student was turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice.