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A student at the Crooms Academy of Information Technology in Sanford was arrested Tuesday after police found he made threats about carrying out a school shooting, records show.
The student, aged 15, was arrested after other students noticed a document on his laptop that said he wanted the school “shot up,” according to the Sanford Police Department’s arrest report.
Fellow students said the teen’s cell phone rang loudly during class on Tuesday, prompting many other students to laugh, the report said. The 15-year-old muttered that he “hate[d] everyone here," another student told police. Soon after, the students noticed the him typing about a school shooting.
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One of the students took a photo of his open laptop and reported it to the school resource officer.
The officer said the photo of the computer screen showed a document that said, “I want to murder every [person] ... inside this school," the report said. The text then went on to detail carrying out such a shooing, including acquiring a weapon and how he would move through the school during the shooting.
The student was arrested on charges of making a written threat to kill, do bodily harm or conduct a mass shooting, and was transported to the Seminole County Juvenile Assessment Center.
Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith said that this incident is a “reminder of how important it is for citizens of all ages to communicate and work with law enforcement.”
“The sole reason we were aware of this potentially tragic and violent event, was due to the resourcefulness and responsibility of two students,” he wrote in a statement. "Their actions exemplify what we ask everyday of all of our citizens; if you see something, say something.”
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