Coral Springs, Florida – A high school student from Taravella High School in Coral Springs has been apprehended in relation to a school shooting threat that incited widespread anxiety on Friday throughout various districts in Florida, including Broward and Miami-Dade, as reported by local police.
The 18-year-old female student allegedly used another student’s name and computer access to disseminate the threat. Due to her status as a student, we will not be disclosing her identity. The teenager is now facing multiple felony charges, according to authorities.
The incident led to heightened concerns among law enforcement officials, parents, students, and staff members before multiple agencies ultimately determined that the threat was not credible.
Doral police took to Twitter to address their awareness of an image circulating on different social media platforms that contained a threat for Friday. In collaboration with local agencies, the police department concluded that the incident was not credible.
Despite the non-credible nature of the threat, Doral police stated that they would increase their presence at schools on Friday out of an abundance of caution. A similar situation occurred in Broward.
In an email sent to parents, the Broward school district stated that although the message did not specify a particular school, all threats are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly in collaboration with local law enforcement. The district urged parents to remind their children that even if a threat is perceived as a joke, it is treated with the utmost seriousness.
In Florida, making a threat against a school is considered a second-degree felony, and students may also face disciplinary measures as outlined in the Code Book for Student Conduct, which could include expulsion.
Non-credible threats to schools have been reported in several other districts across the state, such as Lee and Flagler counties. On Friday, Broward Public Schools declared that beginning in the fall, all students would be required to bring clear backpacks and bags to school.