13-year-old St. Lucie County middle school student arrested after posting threat on Facebook

FORT PIERCE, Fla. -- A St. Lucie County middle school student was arrested on Thursday after posting a violent threat on Facebook  according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office.

In the post, the student threatened to "bring a gun to school and shoot everyone," according to authorities.

A concerned parent reported the incident to school officials.             

School staff then alerted a school resource deputy who began an investigation. Detectives from the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office located the student at home.

The 13-year-old middle school student was arrested and charged with a written threat to kill or do bodily injury, a second-degree felony.

"Fortunately a diligent parent saw a possible threat, acted right away and informed the staff at the school," St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara said.

"Threats of violence in our communities' schools will not be tolerated. 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," said Mascara.

St. Lucie County school officials did not release which school was threatened.

The student was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center in Fort Pierce.

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