- By Hannah Winston Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
A 14-year-old student was arrested Friday by Boynton Beach police after he threatened to shoot up a school. This comes nine days after 17 people were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
Officers responded to SouthTech Preparatory Academy, off Gateway Boulevard between Congress Avenue and High Ridge Road, where two students said a fellow student threatened a school shooting over FaceTime, a video conversation app on iPhones. The student was not at school that day, police said.
In the FaceTime conversation, the students said the 14-year-old showed them two guns. When officers went to his home, they found an air rifle and an air pistol. No other weapons were found in the home.
The student was arrested and faces charges of disrupting a school function.
“We urge students and their parents to remain vigilant and continue providing law enforcement with information about potential threats,” police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater wrote in an email release.