Bogus school threats land two students in jail

12:07 AM, Dec 19, 2012   |    comments
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WESTCHASE, Florida -- Texting, Facebook, and computers are all ways teenagers connect with each other, but cops say some local teens are abusing them by sending bogus school threats.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says it arrested two students for disseminating threats via computer and text.

Cops arrested a 15-year-old girl from Armwood High School for sending herself a text from a phoney Facebook page saying the school would be attacked. They say she confessed when confronted, and said the reason she did it was that she was being bullied at school. She hoped the threat would close the school so she didn't have to attend.

A second teen, a 13-year-old boy from J. Crockett Farnell Middle School in Westchase, allegedly wrote on his driveway, "From CT to FL, Farnell, you're next."

Police say he confessed to his parents, who told school officials.  He claimed he did it because he feared the gunman from Connecticut was on the loose and feared the gunman would come to his school. Writing it on the driveway, he said, helped him get it out of his mind.

School officials in Pinellas County also chased several bogus school threats, but none were credible and no arrests were made. 

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