Pembroke Pines, Florida – Sunday three 12-year-old students from Silver Trail Middle School in Pembroke Pines were arrested after sending threatening messages on SnapChat.
According to Principal Steve Frazier, the student’s parents are notified about the incident, the Pembroke Pines Police Department and Broward County Public Schools’ Special Investigative Unit investigated the threats and arrested the three students.
“I want to remind all of our students and families how seriously any and all threats are taken,” Frazier wrote in an email to parents. “Parents, please speak with your children to remind them that any threat- even if they think it is a joke – will result in tough consequences. School safety is all of our responsibility. If you see something – please say something.”
All three students face a second-degree felony charge for making a written threat to do bodily harm or commit an act of terrorism. One student faces an additional second-degree felony charge for conspiracy to commit a criminal offense.
“Whether written as a joke or a prank, all threats made against our schools will be taken seriously,” a statement from the Pembroke Pines Police Department read. “Threats of this nature are severe offenses, and any individual who has committed such acts will be charged accordingly.
“The Pembroke Pines Police Department and Broward County Public Schools have been creating and distributing strong messaging to its families about the severity of consequences that will occur to students who use social media or any other means to threaten our schools, students or teachers.”