PEMBROKE PINES (CBSMiami) – A 13-year-old Pembroke Pines student was arrested Sunday after making a threat online that he was going ‘to shoot up the school.’
The unnamed student was charged with a second-degree felony for making a false report concerning the use of a weapon at Pines Middle School.
After class Monday, some students said the teen was angry with a classmate and he took to social media to vent.
Many questioned the wisdom and maturity of the 13-year-old.
“It’s dumb. Why would you threaten a school,” said a classmate.
Pembroke Pines police say the teen made the threat via an Instagram group chat. They say nine juveniles observed the threats.
After police questioned the 13-year-old, he told them it was intended as a joke.
Similar school threats were made after the Stoneman Douglas mass shooting last February.
Although Pines parents say these types of incidents are rare at the middle school, “I’ve never heard of anything like it before. Hopefully, they are dealing with it like they are supposed to,” said Pines resident Clifton Roache.