- Jim Hayward Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
A judge is taking no chances with a Port St. Lucie teenager accused of threatening to “shoot up” a school. In the wake of Wednesday’s mass killing in Broward County, the 14-year-old was ordered today into secure detention for 21 days.
The boy’s mother insists the threat was a joke, but St. Lucie County Circuit Judge Sherwood Bauer took it seriously, CBS 12 reported.
“The crime is not, could it have occurred,” Bauer said at today’s court hearing. “It’s a threat to do something - intimidation.” Port St. Lucie police said the threat was made Tuesday, one day before the deaths of 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
The Southport Middle School student, who is not being identified because he’s a juvenile, is accused of posting the school shooting threat on social media. Police arrested him Friday after they were alerted by a parent of a child who shared the post.
The teen posted that he hoped to be expelled, “so I can shoot up the school. (And) I won’t get blamed for it,” according to the police report. He was serving a 10-day suspension at the time of the posting, police said.
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According to police, the teen had also posted several concerning photos on social media accounts during the past year, including of picture of himself holding a what appeared to be a rifle with the caption “Future criminal.”
Bauer ordered a review of the case Monday before St. Lucie county’s juvenile judge.