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Plant High student accused of making false bomb threat

Published:   |   Updated: March 4, 2014 at 02:04 PM

An 18-year-old Plant High student was arrested Tuesday, accused of writing a threat on a school bathroom wall that she was going to “blow up the school,” police said.

Anna Speights, of Tampa, faces a charge of felony making a false bomb threat, police said.

In a reverse phone announcement to parents, Principal Rob Nelson said the student would no longer attend Plant. As he said in a similar call Monday, the threat was not deemed credible.

The student wrote with pencil on a bathroom wall that she was going to “blow up the school” and made similar threats on her Twitter account, police said.

On Tuesday, the school announced to students that a Crime Stoppers reward up $500 was available for information leading to the identity of a suspect. A student then called in a tip that led detectives to Speights, police said.

Speights confessed to writing the threat because she was angry she was suspended from the school bus for 10 days, police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said in a news release.

On Monday, officials said the threat was contained in “graffiti” in one of the girls restrooms. Nelson’s recorded call informed parents about the writing, that it was not a credible threat and that police were called.

Students said police officers were visible on campus Monday, and McElroy said an added presence would be at Plant on Tuesday.

“We called Tampa police, and when Tampa police officers come and spend time in the bathroom, a girls’ bathroom, that’s going to start rumors,” school district spokesman Steve Hegarty said Monday.