MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Nova High School student is accused of making a false report of a threat after posting a violent and graphic threat on a social media app called Discord.
According to Davie Police, the threat reads in part, “I want to shoot up a school. This is a genuine feeling. I want people to suffer.” The rest of the post is extremely graphic and specific and it’s too disturbing to reprint but it talks specifically about violent and gory actions the teen wants to carry out.
Davie Police Sergeant Mark Leone says the teen willingly showed detectives his phone when he was arrested and admitted making the threat.
“This is extremely graphic where he goes into detail on what he wants to do and his feelings. It’s very disturbing,” Leone said. “As parents we don’t want these things happening around our children and in our schools.
“These things are not jokes. They are taken very serious.”
The arrest report says the teen told police “he did not have any intent in following through with the threat but that he was expressing how he felt emotionally. He wanted people to feel the pain he felt.”
Investigators wrote in the arrest report that they spoke with the teen’s mother and that the teen does not have guns.
“We spoke to the parents,” Leone said. “There are no guns in the house. He had no access to guns.
Police say someone used the Fortify FL app to report the threat to law enforcement, which police want to encourage people to do.
“If somebody sees some type of thing that could be perceived as a threat, whether it’s in school or not, we want you to contact law enforcement,” Leone said.
It was an unsettling moment for parents of high school and middle school students on the large Nova campus, which sits just south of Broward College and across from Nova Southeastern University.
Justdawn Brewster, who has two daughters that attend Nova Middle School, said she found out about the threat from a robocall from the middle school principal.
“I think God that somebody reported it,” Brewster said. “We saved a lot of lives today.”
Broward Schools deferred questions to the Davie Police Department. However, the school district did send CBS 4 News a copy of the robocall that the school’s principal sent out to parents at Nova High School. The robocall says there were no disruptions during the school day and they are urging parents to speak with kids about responsible social media use and reporting threats.