UPDATE: A 12-year-old girl was arrested Thursday for making specific and direct threats through social media to at least 4 Lincoln Park Academy students, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office.
The threats included shooting and bombing comments and were specific aimed at named students, the sheriff's office said.
The information was obtained Thursday morning through subpoena that led investigators to the the identify the student, who confessed to the threats saying it was made to draw attention away from her lying about a potential riot at school earlier in the day.
“The actions of this student created a significant safety concern for students, parents and our community. The safety and security of our children is paramount and we will vigorously investigate threats to do harm. We strongly encourage parents to discuss with their children the importance of social media responsibility and the ramifications of threatening comments and behavior,” said Sheriff Ken Mascara.
According to school officials 542 out of the 1,805 registered students were absent Thursday, compared to 44 absences Wednesday.
“This created not only a disruption of school, but a disruption for each working family impacted by their children remaining home for safety concerns”, said Sheriff Mascara.
The student was arrested for four counts of written threats to kill or do bodily injury (felony) and one count of Disruption of a school function (misdemeanor).
The investigation is ongoing and officials believe there may be other students involved.
Lincoln Park Academy Principal Henry Sanabria sent a pre-recorded phone message to parents and guardians Wednesday concerning a series of social media threats regarding the school.
Sanabria says in his message that the threats are being thoroughly investigated by local law enforcement.
According to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, they received information Wednesday about an unsubstantiated threat had been made to bomb the school.
While no credible threats have been determined, additional officers were on campus Thursday while the investigation continues.
Sanabria asked any student with information to see a school law enforcement officer on campus.
"Student safety is our highest priority," said Sanabria.
Anyone with questions or concerns can call the school at 772- 468-5474.