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Sheriff: Boy, 11 accused of threatening to kill teacher

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Posted at 12:16 PM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 12:21:28-05

BUNNELL, Fla. (AP) -- An 11-year-old boy who threatened to shoot his teacher is the fourth student arrested recently for making school threats in one north Florida county.

Flagler County Sheriff's officials say the boy is charged with a false report concerning the use of firearms in a violent manner.

"We have a zero tolerance policy for threats in Flagler County, especially when it comes to our schools," Flagler Sheriff Rick Staly in a Facebook post.

According to the sheriff's office, the boy was singing a violent song involving the use of guns and shooting people in the Bunnell Elementary School classroom on Feb. 3. His teacher told him the song and behavior was unacceptable in the classroom.

The boy then began searching guns on his iPad, investigators said.

The next day, the boy took his iPad, pointed it at the teacher and said, "I am going to shoot you up!" while making gun noises, sheriff's officials said. He then did it a second time while leaving the classroom and maintaining eye contact with the teacher.

The teacher reported the behavior, sheriff's officials said. Investigators found more than four pages of handgun and ammunition searches made by the boy while in school, the report said.

The boy was arrested. He was released to the custody of his parents.

Last week, a 12-year-old boy at the same school warned other students to stay away the next day because he planned to shoot up the school, sheriff's officials said. That boy was also arrested.

A previous case involved an 11-year-old who was accused of threatening to use a gun and mace against his classmates and blow up his school. Officers found a can of mace and a pocketknife in the boy's backpack. Before that, an 18-year-old recorded a song threatening to kill a school administrator at his high school after he had been suspended for a dress code violation and using offensive language.