Middle school student charged after posting school threats onto social media


A 7th-grade Florida student is being charged with a felony after posting school threats onto social media.

The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office said that on May 4th, they were notified of a school threat posted to Snapchat by a 7th grade student at Storm Grove Middle School. Deputies and detectives worked overnight to identify and find the student.

The student was reportedly taken into custody under an Indian River County warrant and will be transferred to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Fort Pierce. He is being charged with written threats to kill, which is a felony charge.

“This is our third arrest in as many weeks related to threats against schools on social media. We take each one of these threats seriously, with our team working all night for a peaceful resolution in this case. We want to assure parents that this student will not be in school tomorrow, and that we work hard every single day to ensure the safety our entire district," said Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar.

The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office encourages reporting threats against a school by 911, Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477), or our school tips line at 772-978-6000.

This story was written in Orlando, Florida.