PALMETTO BAY, Fla. Two Southwood Middle School students were arrested on suspicion of firing a teacher who worked at their school in Palmetto Bay, authorities said Monday.
According to investigators, the 36-year-old teacher received a request from a friend and a live message Sunday on her Instagram account from an account bearing the description "Southwood School Shooter".
Miami-Dade police said the message indicated that she and her children were "next on Valentine's Day" – the same day as the shooting at Parkland School.
The authorities indicated that the message indicated that the person or persons behind the account had the intention of "shooting at the school" and killing the teacher's family.
"The victim was also alerted by a"! "The victim, fearing for his life and that of his family, contacted the police," according to a report of arrest.
"She's an amazing teacher, she's really fun, very exciting, the kids love her," said one of the parents to Andrew Perez, a reporter for Local 10 News. "She just had a baby and she just came back to our school."
The parents told Perez that they were disturbed by the incident.
"These days, these kids do that kind of thing," said a mother.
After the teacher contacted the police, the detectives identified the recipient of the social media account.
Police said the investigation had led the police to the home of a 13-year-old boy, who had also involved his 12-year-old friend in the crime.
Authorities said the young student had also confessed to his involvement in writing the threat message.
Both teenagers were arrested on charges of criminal harassment / death threats.
The mother of one of the boys told Local 10 News that the threats were exaggerated. She said she understood the magnitude of the situation but her son did not think so and that was a terrible joke.
Southwood Middle School is the same school where a 14-year-old boy, Jaime Gough, was stabbed to death in 2004.
Jaime's killer, Michael Hernandez, is serving a life sentence behind bars.
According to the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the district has received nearly 60 threats since the beginning of the school year and 12 district students have been arrested for threatening schools.
"Recent student arrests for social media hoax threats clearly and unequivocally demonstrate that Miami-Dade County public schools have a zero-tolerance policy with respect to this type of activity" , said the director of the school, Alberto M. Carvalho. "Parents and students need to understand that any threat – real or imagined – about schools and students is a serious matter – it is unacceptable and those involved in such activities will be prosecuted. lives and endanger the safety of all. "
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