14-year-old charged with making threats at St. Augustine High

Teen reports finding written threat, later confess he wrote it, deputies say

By Destiny McKeiver - Multi-media journalist

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - A 14-year-old St. Augustine High School student is facing charges after deputies said he twice made threats toward the school since the Valentine's Day mass shooting in Parkland.

The student, whose name has not been released, is charged with false reporting of a bomb threat and for threatening to use a firearm in a violent manner.

Deputies said the charges are from two separate incidents in which the student wrote threats on walls at the high school.

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The first threat was written days after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Deputies said the student wrote, "School Shooting Happening at ___ PM Today."

Law enforcement and school officials responded to make sure the campus was safe, deputies said.

The second threat was reported Wednesday -- by the student himself, deputies said.

According to investigators, the student wrote "Bomb on Campus" on a bathroom wall, and then reported finding the threat.

The school was placed on lockdown as investigators followed protocols to make sure no explosive device was on campus.

When he was questioned in front of his parent and confronted with physical evidence and surveillance video, the student admitted he was the one who scrawled the threat, deputies said.

They said he also confessed to writing the earlier threat about a school shooting.

The student is now in the custody of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, deputies said. He could face a maximum of 15 years in prison for each felony charge.

On Tuesday, students at Bartram Trail High School were evacuated and dismissed early after a bomb threat was found scribbled on a bathroom wall.

St. John's County Sheriff's Office spokesman Chuck Mulligan said all school threats are investigated as credible threats.

"What we would ask is that parents have serious conversations with their students about the consequences of this and the magnitude of what the students and faculty and parents in Parkland are going through, because for them it's all too real, and we never want to make light of that," Mulligan said.

The St. Augustine High student is at least the 10th person charged with making school threats in Northeast Florida since the Parkland shooting. The others include three students and one adult arrested in relation to threats made against schools in Clay County.

Parents said they're fed up with the threats.

"I think it's pretty sad. We just need to look out for our kids a little better and talk to them," St. Augustine High parent Stacey Locke said.

Grandparent Joan Turner agreed that changing students' behavior starts with their families.

"Parents need to definitely be involved," Turner said. "There needs to be a partnership between the school and the home."

Below is a recap of the previous incidents:

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