SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. — Today, the Punta Gorda Police Department was notified by the North Port Police Department of a threat made against Charlotte High School. The post said an individual planned to "shoot up" the school.
The individual who made the threat was quickly identified as a 14-year-old freshman at Charlotte High. During an interview, the student admitted to sending the post, but stated it was meant as a “joke.”
Officials say he did not have a weapon and there was no evidence that the student had any plan to carry out the threat. The 14-year-old was arrested and charged with a second-degree felony of making a written threat of a mass shooting.