2019-12-10 11:03:311 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST
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A 12-year-old girl was arrested after posting a “death list” of her classmates she threatened to kill to her Snapchat account. The girl was arrested at Falcon Cove Middle School in Weston, Florida. She currently faces two counts of creating a false report regarding a firearm and threatening to kill her classmates in a written statement. She made two separate threats against her classmates on the messaging app on Friday, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.
"The threat included a death list with student names from Falcon Cove Middle School. Another threat was posted to the social media site later Friday afternoon that indicated the students were not safe and that they would be killed on Monday, Dec. 9,” according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
According to NBC News, Weston is about 25 miles away from Parkland, Florida, where a former student opened fire at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 2018, killing 17 people. The unidentified girl was arrested on Friday evening after another student and parents reported the death threats to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. The suspect in question confirmed that she made the false threats.
Leading up to Friday evening, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said that it kept track of the threats and linked them back to that Falcon Cove student. A Facebook post that showed a screenshot of the Snapchat post included the message: “didn’t get to shoot anybody up today ur still never save from me Monday ur dead [sic].” After that Facebook post went viral, Falcon Cove parents asked in a Weston Facebook group whether they should keep their kids home on Friday.
“Who has been thinking about homeschooling?” one parent wrote. “I don’t even know how it works, but I think of it daily.” It turns out that parent knew three of the people who were killed in the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneham Douglas High School in Parkland.
“Mine is going,” one parent responded to the post. “The girl was arrested and the incident on Friday was at the high school. I won’t put my daughter in harm’s way, but she can’t live in fear, either.”
Parents were also concerned about the psychological damage that these reported threats and lockdowns could cause. On Friday, there was another shooting threat made via email and text message at Cypress Bay High School. This reported threat kept Cypress Bay, Falcon Cove, and nearby elementary schools – Everglades and Manatee Bay – on lockdown for most of Friday. That lockdown was lifted by 2 p.m., according to the Miami Herald.
“We’ve decided to let my son stay home but because we don’t think he would be safe at school but because we (he) know that today will not be a ‘normal day’ at school,” another parent posted in that Facebook group. “With all the extra police, counselors, and kids still talking about what happened last week. My son said it best, ‘I don’t want to be bombarded with more of last week and today will be that.’”
But what about the 12-year-old girl in question? Why did she make the death threats in the first place? What was the girl’s underlying motive for creating the “death list?” Was she bullied by her classmates? The 12-year-old is being questioned by police and the incident is still being investigated. Authorities have not revealed why the girl made the threats in the first place.
Jim Lewis, an attorney for the girl, revealed to the Florida’s Sun-Sentinel newspaper that the incident “was a bad joke, not a serious threat. Unfortunately, we live in a post-Parkland world and this is not something you can or should joke about.”
Obviously, this isn’t something that kids should joke about. The series of death threats and lockdowns have kids worried about going to school. It also has parents worried about never seeing their children again. For now, the situation appears to be under control. Authorities are closely monitoring each situation very closely.
Law enforcement has been taking the threats of violence against students and staff especially seriously in the past year. The increase in mass shootings and school shootings nationwide have heightened awareness among educators, law enforcement, parents, and students. More information about this incident should be revealed as time goes on. Follow AllMediaNY for the latest news and updates.
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