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St. Pete Police arrest 17-year-old for threatening mass school shooting in social media post

Posted: 3:09 PM, Oct 17, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-17 19:09:37Z
St. Pete Police arrest 17-year-old for threatening mass school shooting in social media post

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A 17-year-old was arrested on Wednesday after writing a threatening post on social media, police say.

According to St. Pete Police, the male student posted on Facebook that he would "shoot up" Gibbs High School if someone "liked" his post.  He also had several posts of him and firearms.

The 17-year-old was arrested and charged with written threats to conduct a mass shooting/act of terrorism, a felony. Additionally, police say the student violated is the terms of his probation and will be charged accordingly.

A Gibbs High School student received school consequences after encouraging the 17-year-old in the post's comments.

"The St. Petersburg Police Department takes these and any other threats seriously, and we encourage anyone who comes across any threatening message to contact us immediately," SPPD wrote in a press release.

Students can reach out to their SRO's directly, or anyone can leave an anonymous tip by texting "SPPD" to TIP-411. You can also call SPPD's non-emergency line at 727-893-7780 to make a report.