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 December 20th, 2012  
Saint Lucie County Student Arrested for Posting Threats of Violence on Facebook
St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara announced the arrest of a St. Lucie County School Student for posting a threat of violence on Facebook.

This afternoon, School Staff received a call from a concerned parent which provided information identifying a student from the school who had posted a threat to the student’s “Facebook” page.

According to the post the student threatened to “bring a gun to school tomorrow and shoot everyone” school staff contacted the School Resource Deputy who immediately began an investigation. School Resource Deputies and Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office proceeded to the student’s home in St. Lucie County where they located the student

Further investigation by Sheriff’s Detectives and School Resource Deputies led to the arrest of the 13 year old suspect. The suspect was charged with one count of Florida statute 863.10 Written threats to kill or do bodily injury which is a felony of the second degree.

Sheriff Mascara stated “Fortunately a diligent parent saw a possible threat, acted right away and informed the staff at the school.” Sheriff Mascara continued, “Deputies then acted quickly to locate the suspect and verify the threat. It showed great level of cooperation from all involved”.

Sheriff Ken Mascara said “Any threat of violence in our communities’ schools will not be tolerated. All threats of violence will be immediately investigated; all offenders will be arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

He further states “Our children have the right to attend school without fear of violence and our School Resource Unit is committed to the safety of our children.” The student was later transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in Ft. Pierce.

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