Deputies Arrest Teen For Text Threat, Locks Down MI High

By  //  April 30, 2013

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BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – A 17-year old was arrested by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office for the Threat to Discharge a Destructive Device and Disturbing School Function during Assembly.

The suspect is a former Merritt Island High School student and is currently being held at the Brevard County Juvenile Detention Center on a $2,500 bond.

According to BCSO Public Information Officer Deputy Maria Fernez, deputies responded to a report of a threatening message texted to student at about 12:50 p.m. today.

The text message said that the suspect was on his way to the Merritt Island high campus with a handgun to shoot two students, and was then reported to Merritt Island High School staff, who immediately notified the Sheriff’s Office.

CRIMELINE-435-1Deputies initiated a lock down of the school due to the potential safety concerns for the students and staff and immediately tried to locate the suspect who was located in the Cocoa Beach area where he was placed under arrest.

“The number one priority of the Sheriff’s Office is the safety of our citizens and our community,” said Fernez. “We view all potential threats serious and will not tolerate this type of criminal activity.”

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). All calls to CRIMELINE are confidential, and callers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.