Teen arrested after threatening to shoot up school, sheriff says
DAVENPORT (FOX 13) - A Kissimmee teenager threatened to shoot up his Osceola County school, claiming he wanted to be the next campus shooter, according to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
Judd said during a Tuesday press conference that 13-year-old Ceasar Lopez recently showed "disturbing" signs, and threatened to shoot up Westside K-8 School in Kissimmee.
“He’s saying stuff like, 'I want to die...I wanted to the best next school shooter,'" the sheriff said. “He is a troubled young teen. There’s no doubt about that."
On Saturday morning in Davenport, the sheriff said the 13-year-old was passed out drunk near Briargrove Road and Ronald Reagan Parkway. At the hospital, Lopez allegedly began telling deputies of his urges to become the next mass killer, making those threats directly at Westside. They also learned he threatened to kill another teenager, Judd explained. Lopez was Baker Acted, and arrested for aggravated stalking.
Lopez was a student at Westside until last month, when he was expelled again for making violent threats, he was also Baker Acted at that point, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
“If we don’t take it seriously and he shows up at a mall, at a church, at a school with a gun, you'd look back and say, 'How many more signs do you need?'” Judd added.