TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A Hillsborough County charter school student was arrested Wednesday after deputies say she made threats to harm teachers and other students.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to Henderson Hammock Charter School located in the Citrus Park area after reports of a planned shooting.
Deputies say other students reported the supposed plan to school administrators, who then contacted the sheriff’s office.
Several students came forward saying a 13-year-old student was “planning a school shooting and had created a map with locations of security cameras and a ‘hit list’ of teachers and students she did not like,” a release from HCSO said.
The sheriff’s office said it appears the teen has no known access to firearms but would have acted on her plans if she were to receive a gun.
“Lives were saved by the bravery of the students who came forward with information,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “The safety of our students is a priority. I am urging all parents to talk with their children about the importance of speaking up and reporting anything suspicious. As always, if you see something, say something, it could save a life.”
Ivett Valentin has two children at the school. She says she learned the news from 8 On Your Side, not the school.
“I’ve been going here a very long time and everything has been safe so far,” Valentin said. “I’m really glad it was approached and they found it out before anything bad happened.”
A spokesperson for the school says parents were told about the situation via email. She added, “Our highest priority is the safety of our students. This is an active investigation and we must refer all questions to the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office.”
Valentin is grateful other students didn’t keep quiet.
“Glad they were able to speak up and really get it out there and let the teachers know,” Valentin said.
The 13-year-old charter school student was taken into custody and charged with written threats to kill or conduct a mass shooting and was placed under a Baker Act.