12-year-old accused of threatening note at middle school
The sudden growing trend of threats scrawled on public school walls expanded to another school, but this time, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest.
On Tuesday afternoon, the sheriff’s office said it arrested a 12-year-old student at C.H. Price Middle School who they say was responsible for a message written on a wall.
The sheriff’s office did not release the name of the 12-year-old, and the Palatka Daily News does not typically published the names of accused suspects under the age of 18.
“The investigation also revealed that the student wrote the message as a prank and had no means to carry out the threat,” a news release from the sheriff’s office said.
After the investigation, the sheriff’s office said it arrested to the 12-year-old and charged him with making written threats to do bodily harm. The sheriff’s office said that’s a second-degree felony.
“The student was booked into the Putnam County Jail and later released to a guardian by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice,” the release said.
The message at C.H. Price Middle was the third such incident in three school days. On Friday, a message was found in a Palatka High School bathroom, which led to an increased law enforcement presence at the high school Monday morning, as well as the absence of 888 students.
On Monday, a message was scrawled on the girls bathroom wall at Interlachen High School.
No arrests have been made in the Palatka or Interlachen incidents.
“It is extremely disappointing that this series of events has resulted in the arrest of a 12-year-old student, but the sheriff’s office will continue to exercise zero tolerance when it comes to threatening the safety of our children and the disruption of school functions,” Putnam County Sheriff Gator DeLoach said in the news release. “The sheriff’s office will work closely with the Department of Juvenile Justice to see that the arrested student received the services needed to prevent future acts of this nature.”