Florida police arrest teen after ‘online threats to kill students’
The 16-year-old had threatened to kill students while playing an online video game, according to a statement from Broward County Sheriff’s Office. Police raided the teenager’s home at around 4:00 pm local time on Monday after receiving a tip from a member of the public. A homemade pipe bomb and other weapons were allegedly found at the house.
The bomb squad was at the scene along with investigators from Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The teen is facing a felony charge for possessing explosives, the sheriff’s office said.
The arrest was just the latest in a string of arrests following online threats to harm students in the wake of the shooting at the Parkland high school, which left 17 people dead on February 14.
In the aftermath of the Parkland attack, a 15-year-old was arrested after threatening to kill people at a number of Broward County schools. On February 20, a 13-year-old girl was also arrested after allegedly posting a threat on Instagram to kill students at another Broward County school, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
Broward County Sheriff's Office has come under pressure following allegations that complaints against shooter Nikolas Cruz were not properly investigated and that three sheriff’s deputies did not enter the school after arriving on the scene during the mass shooting. The school’s armed and uniformed resource officer, Scot Peterson, also came under scrutiny after failing to enter the building to stop the gunman.