KENNETH CITY — Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies arrested an 18-year-old Dixie Hollins High School student about 11:24 p.m. Feb. 19 for reportedly threatening to shoot up the school.
Deputies say an administrator at the school, 4940 62nd St. N. in Kenneth City, found out about the verbal threats made by Isaac Abraham Myers of Clearwater about 8:30 p.m. Feb. 19.
The administrator was told that Myers had made a statement about “shooting up the school,” if he did not win one of the senior superlative awards. When he didn’t win an award, he then reportedly said, “don’t come to school tomorrow (Feb. 20).”
Deputies were notified of the threats. They went to Myers’ home about 9:55 p.m. Deputies say Myers admitted to making the statements to a friend, but said he had done so in a joking manner. Myers told deputies he had made the statements verbally and sent text messages to his friend using the Facebook messenger app.
Myers told deputies he did not have access to guns, which was confirmed by his parents. He also reportedly told deputies that he would “never do such an act and never intended to hurt anyone.”
Myers allowed the deputies to look at the texts on Facebook Messenger from Feb. 11. Deputies say Myers texted, “I hate everything and im gonna shoot up our school… Everything is wrong…And i wanna hurt someone for it…So im finna shoot up the school… Nothing I just hate everything and want everyone to know it.”
Deputies arrested Myers and transported him to the county jail where he was charged with one count of threatening communications or threats of mass shooting. Bail was set at $10,000. He was released on surety bond Feb. 20.
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