TBO.com: Tampa Bay Online, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times - breaking news and weather.
Saturday, Mar 28, 2015

Sickles student accused of text threats to Gaither

TBO.com staff

View allPage 1 of 2 | Next page

Page 2 of 2 | View all Previous page

A 16-year-old student at Sickles High School has been arrested after allegedly sending text messages that threatened violence at Gaither High School on Wednesday.

The student, a 10th-grader, is charged with written threats, which is a felony, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

About 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, the father of a student who attends Gaither High reported that his daughter had received a electronic text message and phone calls from a friend warning her not to attend school Wednesday because she was going to hurt people at the school, the sheriff’s office said.

The Gaither High student took the threats seriously and told her father because she felt the Sickles High student was capable of carrying out the threat, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Gaither High student said the other student had mentioned she has access to firearms and has fired them at a range.

Deputies responded to Sickles student’s home and spoke to her and her mother about the allegations. The daughter admitted sending the texts but said she never intended to hurt anyone, the sheriff’s office said.

The student was arrested and taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

View allPage 1 of 2 | Next page

Page 2 of 2 | View all Previous page

Subscribe to The Tampa Tribune