2nd student arrested after threatening messages found at middle school

Numerous Putnam County schools operating under heightened security procedures


PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. – A 14-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday after a second threatening message was found at C.H. Price Middle School in Interlachen, the Putnam Count Sheriff's Office said. 

The student was arrested and charged with making written threats to do bodily harm, deputies said.

He was booked into the Putnam County Jail and later released to a parent by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. 

The previous day, another student was arrested after a threatening message was found on a wall at C.H. Price Middle School, deputies said. 

Detectives said the investigation revealed that the 12-year-old boy wrote the message as a prank, and had no means to carry out the treat, but he was arrested and charged with making written threats to do bodily harm, which is a second-degree felony. 

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Tuesday's investigation follows two other threatening messages made at Putnam County schools.

The Sheriff's Office said a threatening message was found written on a bathroom wall at Palatka High School on Friday and a similar message was found at Interlachen High School on Monday.

Deputies said even though there was no evidence to suggest either threat was more than a prank, the Sheriff's Office and school district officials enacted heightened school safety protocols out of an abundance of caution.

Sheriff's Office Major Crimes detectives continue to actively pursue leads in the cases at the two high schools.