Student arrested for threatening to ‘shoot up’ middle school on social media

 An 11-year-old Neptune Middle student was arrested by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office on Monday after threatening to “shoot up” the school on social media.

On Monday, deputies responded to the report of threats made on Instagram concerning the school. The caller told deputies that a student posted the threats on the social media site, which stated, “I’m gonna shoot up Neptune,” according to Sheriff’s Office report.

Deputies identified the 11-year-old student who made the threats made contact with him. They established probable cause that he did post the threat. He was then detained and charged with three counts of written threats to kill, which is a second-degree felony. He was transported to the juvenile detention facility in Orange County.

Because of the child’s age, the News-Gazette is not naming the suspect.

“The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and the School District of Osceola County are dedicated to the safety of our schools,” said Maj. Jacob Ruiz in a press release. “We are grateful for the deputies and school district staff who worked diligently to look into this threat and hold accountable the person responsible.” Sheriff’s Office officials said they encourage anyone with information concerning the case or any other similar incidents to contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately at 407-348-2222 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-8477, where information leading to a felony arrest may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.