St. Petersburg, FL (February 23, 2019) - A student at Dixie Hollins High School was arrested on Tuesday, February 19th, and charged with threatening a mass shooting at the school.
18-year-old Isaac Myers reportedly made a statement that he would be "shooting up the school" if he did not win a senior superlative award. Myers also told at least one other person "don't come to school tomorrow."
In response to the threats, Pinellas County Sheriff's Deputies went Myers' home to investigate. Myers told police that the threats were a joke and that we would have never carried out a mass shooting. He said he had no access to guns and no guns were located in his home. Deputies reviewed Myers' text messages related to the incident.
Following an investigation, he was arrested and charged with threatening communications or threats of a mass shooting. Myers was transported to the Pinellas County Jail without incident.
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A crime involving the threat of violence can cause major problems in your life. Even if you had no intent to actually carry out the threat, you can expect the authorities to take the statement seriously, especially if you have communicated a threat of mass violence, such as a shooting or an act of terrorism. Under Florida law, the actual intent to harm is not necessary to prove that you have communicated a threat. Given the current climate around our state and the country, these threats will be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
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