TAMPA (WFLA) — A 15-year-old student was arrested Tuesday for making a shooting threat on social media directed toward Robinson High School, the Tampa Police Department said.
Robinson High School in Tampa was on a precautionary ‘lock-in’ Tuesday around 8:40 a.m. after officials were made aware of an apparent ‘vague’ social media post.
Police were directed to a personal message on Instagram where a student threatened to bring a gun to Robinson High School and commit acts of violence, Tampa PD said. The second message was a picture of what appeared to be a handgun.
The school was placed on a ‘lock-in’ as police narrowed in on a particular student. The student denied making the threats, the police department said, but detectives were able to locate the gun used in the picture at the teen’s home.
The student eventually admitted to making the threats and posting the picture of his “cap gun” in the message.
The student is charged with “making a false report concerning the use of a firearm in a violent manner.”
The following message was sent to Robinson High School parents:
This is Mr. Bhoolai from Robinson High School calling with an important message. I would like to thank our students and staff for their patience today. We resumed our normal schedule once law enforcement completed their investigation.
After a thorough investigation by Tampa Police, they have arrested one of our students. Tampa Police determined he made a false report involving the use of a firearm in a violent manner.
This is a serious charge. Our local law enforcement have repeatedly said they will take these types of threats seriously and there will be consequences.
Making a school threat can result in a felony charge that will adversely affect a student’s future.
We take this seriously and as you saw today, it impacted our entire school day and resulted in a loss of instruction.
We thank the students who brought the information to our attention so that law enforcement could investigate.
We must all work together to ensure the safety of our students and staff.