‘I am going to shoot you up!:’ 11-year-old Florida boy arrested, accused of threatening to shoot teacher

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. — An 11-year-old boy is facing a felony charge after the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said he threatened to shoot his teacher.

The sheriff’s office said it received a report on Friday about a Bunnell Elementary School student who was singing an inappropriate song about guns and shooting people while in class.

His teacher told him that this behavior was not acceptable and asked him to stop. Deputies said the boy also began searching for guns on the internet.

The next day, the teacher told authorities that the child pointed his iPad at her and while making gun noises said “I am going to shoot you up!”

The boy repeated the action while leaving the classroom and made eye contact with her, deputies said.

In fear for her life, she reported the behavior.

The school’s IT department tracked down what the student was searching online for on his laptop. FCSO said they recovered over four pages of handgun and ammunition searches made while in school.

The child was arrested and charged with false report concerning the use of firearms in a violent manner. He was later released to his parents and is expected to appear in court by the order of Department of Juvenile Justice.

“We have a zero tolerance policy for threats in Flagler County, especially when it comes to our schools,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “This is the fourth case in as many weeks. By now, everyone should realize that if you make a threat in a school you are going to be arrested. Parents, while we don’t like making these arrests we will make an arrest if there is probable cause. So please, talk to your kids about the seriousness of making a threat before we have to get involved. Thank you to the teacher that came forward and reported this. Remember, if you see something, say something.”

Aurielle Eady, Action News Jax

Aurielle Eady is a digital content producer for Action News Jax.