BAKER COUNTY, Fla. — A 15-year-old Baker County High School student was arrested for making written threats to kill and/or conduct a mass shooting on Monday, according to the Baker County Sheriff's Office.
The investigation began after a teacher confiscated a notebook from the teen, a sophomore who had shown other classmates pages within the book that outlined various strategies for carrying out a mass shooting at the high school, police say.
School resource deputies were immediately notified, and the suspect was removed from class without incident. After reviewing the contents of the notebook, detectives responded to further investigate.
Approximately six pages of detailed notes were discovered in the student's notebook. Some of the notes included specific dates and times a shooting would occur, the locations on campus in which the act(s) would be carried out, and the order in which certain people would be attacked.
During an interview with a detective, the teen admitted to writing the plans, but denied having any intention of ever going through with them. At the conclusion of the interview, the teen was placed under arrest and charged with a second degree felony.
The juvenile was transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) in Gainesville, Fla.
"The cooperative effort between the Baker County School System and the Baker County Sheriff's Office to train and inform staff allowed for a quick response and removal of the student from campus," Sheriff Scotty Rhoden said. "This is an important reminder for our children to ‘See Something, Say Something!' Parents and guardians, please remind your children of the importance of the ‘See Something, Say Something' message. As a community, we will continue to work together to keep our children safe. May God continue to guide and protect everything we do to keep our schools a safe place to learn and grow."
The Baker County Sheriff's Office said it will not release any further details at this time.
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