12 Year Old Girl Threatens School Shooting on Snapchat

A 12-year-old girl was arrested in Flagler County Wednesday after deputies said she sent a threat via Snapchat to conduct a mass shooting at Indian Trails Middle School the day prior.

A parent of one of the students who received the messages on their child’s phone reported it to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. When deputies checked the phone, they discovered several messages referencing “killing people and shooting up the school”.

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According to the police report, she may have been upset about social media posts involving her. The girl told her parents a fews months ago that she was suicidal. Her parents had not set up a therapist for her yet.

Deputies were dispatched to the students house immediately upon learning of the threat. Deputies said they arrived at her Palm Coast home and asked to speak with her. While she initially said, “No,” her parents spoke to their daughter about being truthful and she agreed, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. When asked, she told them of plans to shoot the school up but needed to gather supplies to use first.

The arrest report shows the girl was trying to obtain a firearm from another juvenile and convinced her parents to buy her a pair of gloves. The report also indicates that the girl may have made the threat because she was upset over social media posts that involved her.

“We don’t like making these arrests, but we will come knocking on your door if your child makes any threat to harm someone,” Sheriff Rick Staly shared in a statement. “Thank you to the parent who found messages on their child’s phone and then reported it to us so we could take swift action to prevent an incident from occurring within Flagler County Schools. I also hope this child gets the mental health help that is obviously needed.”

The suspect was placed under arrest and transported to the department of juvenile justice, where she was charged with sending a written threat to conduct a mass shooting.

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