12-year-old arrested for Snapchat threat against Hillsborough middle school

A 12-year-old middle school student has been arrested after deputies say she posted a school shooting threat on a social media app.

According a school official, just before noon Thursday, a Barrington Middle School student alerted a secretary about a Snapchat post mentioning a school threat. The secretary told the assistant principal, who then told the school resource officer.

They learned the Snapchat was posted by a 7th-grade student at Burns Middle School in Brandon. The post allegedly referenced an intention to carry out a school shooting.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, it read, “Dear bms students I will be shooting that skool [sic] up September 3 2019 be ready say your goodbyes to you’re [sic] family because that is finel …Goodluck (; be ready.”

The school resource deputy at Burns Middle School was notified and spoke with the student. Deputies say the girl admitted to sending and later deleted the Snapchat.

The 12-year-old girl is now facing a felony charge of making a written threat.

The sheriff’s office is in the process of doing a post-secondary investigation that includes going to the girl’s home, talking with her parents and seeing if she had access to firearms.

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