13-year-old Hernando County student arrested for written mass shooting threat

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HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A 13-year-old Hernando County student was arrested on Thursday for writing a threat to conduct a shooting on social media.

According to the sheriff’s office, late in the school day, the school resource officer at Winding Waters K-8 received information from three students regarding a threat that had been posted on social media by another student at the school.

The deputy investigated and within minutes, was able to locate the social media post.

With the student’s parent present, the deputy interviewed the child.

The student, a 13-year-old boy, told the deputy the post was “only a joke.”

The student was placed under arrest, charged with written threat to conduct mass shooting.

The student was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center in Ocala.

In an abundance of caution, the school district sent a robo-call to parents with students at the school.

There is no danger to students or the school’s campus as a result of the threat.

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