'Blowing up this b****:' Girl arrested for threat at Timber Creek High
15-year-old arrested on felony charge
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A 15-year-old girl was arrested on felony charges in connection with a shooting and bombing threat at Timber Creek High School.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office said detectives were made aware of the threat, which was written in one of the girls' bathrooms, on Tuesday.
Messages on a mirror said, "I’m going to shoot this s*** up" and "Don’t come to school 11-17-17,” deputies said. A threat on the wall in a stall said, "Blowing up this b**** 11-17-17."
The threat was initially reported by a girl who said she discovered the messages, officials said.
An investigation, which included comparing handwriting to the messages, led to the arrest of the girl who said she made the discovery, according to deputies.
The girl was arrested Tuesday on a charge of making a threat to throw, project, place or discharge any destructive device.
The girl, whose name has not been released, was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.
No other details have been released.
Orange County Public Schools tweeted earlier Thursday that any pranks about threats will also not be tolerated.
"Recently, some schools have been disrupted by pranks about impending danger. This is no laughing matter. It wastes valuable resources and can result in suspension, expulsion or even criminal prosecution," the tweet said.
"This is very dangerous, not only for the student body and staff, but for law enforcement," Orange County sheriff's spokesman Angelo Nieves said. "(And) you're taking valuable time (of first responders and others), and that is a danger to the community."
Nieves said responses to threats are also very costly.
"It could cost up to tens of thousands of dollars," said Nieves, citing manpower and resources. "We want to make sure our community is safe."
Nieves said students should always speak up if they feel threatened, but he wanted to warn students of the repercussions of making threats.
"We want our students to report if they see something. See something, say something," Nieves said.
Recently, some schools have been disrupted by pranks about impending danger. This is NO laughing matter. It wastes resources and can result in suspension, expulsion or even criminal prosecution. Please, help us, @OrangeCoSheriff & all law enforcement keep our children safe. pic.twitter.com/t0ykyVWcam— OCPS News (@OCPSnews) November 16, 2017
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