There’s no wrath like a boy bullied in school. Police said that a 16-year-old teen claimed he had been bullied in school and in anger threatened to retaliate by bringing a gun to “shoot up the school.”
The student from Everglades High School in Miramar was arrested on Wednesday and charged with making threats at a school, considered a felony.
An arrest report says the student whose identity was not released was in his ninth-grade theater class when another student started picking on him. The teen being bullied was overheard saying,”I’m sick of this s—. I’m going to bring a gun and shoot up the school.”
Other students relayed the threatening comments to their teacher, who in turn spoke to the concerned student about it, and then informed the school’s assistant principal.
An investigation was carried out about the incident, with the cooperation of the school and law enforcement. Several students who were part of the said class were interviewed. One of the students told the investigators that she heard the fellow student say he owned a Glock 9 gun. She also shared that she then asked him if he was going to bring the gun to school to “shoot them.” The girl said her classmate just shrugged his shoulders in response.
Officers went to the house of the concerned student to ask him about the disturbing incident and his making a threat. The teen told the police that he was “being bullied by another student.”
The bullied teen said to the police that the other student insulted him that day including calling him “stupid” and mimicking him. He said to have claimed he has a gun in his book bag.
The teen-suspect justified making the threat only because it was his only way to make the other student stop his bullying tactics. He told the police he really had no intention of shooting anyone.
The police found no weapons when they searched the teen’s home. The teen was brought to the Juvenile Assessment Center.
Superintendent Robert Runcie said that all threats are taken seriously, especially in light of several other Broward students getting into similar trouble this week for making threats to a school, and of course in the context of several shocking school shootings happening the past recent years.
It is not clear, however, if the school will also address the bullying complaints of the teen involved in the shooting threat.