Pasco deputies say 15-year-old told students he was going to ‘shoot up the school’

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A 15-year-old Pasco County student is charged with making a false report to use a firearm in a violent manner.

The student attends Ridgewood High School. Deputies say that on Wednesday the student was arrested and charged.

The suspect allegedly told students they shouldn’t attend school because he was going to “shoot up the school.”

Officials said a staff member verified the threat had been made.

Pasco County Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning released the following statement:

“It breaks my heart that a 15-year-old student’s future is in jeopardy because he made a false threat to shoot up his school, especially after we widely publicized the new “Terroristic Threats” law and pleaded with parents to talk to their kids about its serious consequences.

I will take this opportunity to once again ask all parents to make it clear that it’s not okay to joke about school shootings. Such threats are not a laughing matter and neither are their legal consequences.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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