MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — Two teenagers are under arrest and in custody after allegedly posting a threat to shoot up Martin County High School on social media, according to MCSO.
The sheriff’s office said neither teen attends Martin County High School.
Investigators say the teens, ages 17 and 14, were arrested this morning and are currently in custody.
Two students, ages 17 and 14, arrested early this morning after posting on social media a threat to shoot up Martin County High School. Detectives did find a gun in the bedroom of one of those students. Both students are in custody. Neither attended Martin County High School. pic.twitter.com/gqUNvWYj7E
— MartinCountySheriff (@MartinFLSheriff) October 7, 2021
Detectives say they recovered a firearm in the bedroom of one of the offending students.
Investigators did not say if the two are students who attend classes in the area.
In a message to parents, Martin County High School School principal Alfred Fabrizio said the written threats were posted on Snapchat.
Fabrizio said one minor is accused of making the written threats while the other teen is accused of possessing a loaded firearm that was provided to the first minor.
Below is the full letter sent to parents Thursday morning:
Good morning, Martin County High School School families. This is Mr. Fabrizio writing to make you aware of some important information related to school safety.
Late last evening, we were made aware of written threats against our school that were posted on Snapchat. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office immediately began investigating the written threats and identified two suspects who have since been arrested- one minor for making the written threats and another minor for possession of a loaded firearm that was provided to the first minor. Neither child attends our school. The investigation and arrests were completed early this morning- we have since been given the go ahead to release this information to our families, which is why you are being notified at this time.
Parents – please continue to speak with your students about the role we all share in protecting the safety and security of our campus. The “see something, say something” rule played a critical role in this particular case, as being made aware of these horrific and extremely troubling social media postings allowed law enforcement to immediately investigate the threat and quickly make arrests. Please encourage your child to always report any suspicious activity they see or hear of to a teacher, administrator, our School Resource Officer or another trusted adult on campus. Students and members of the community may also report tips via our Martin County School District app or website at www.martinschools.org. These tips are received and investigated by District safety staff and law enforcement 24/7, and students may remain anonymous when reporting information if they would like.
The safety and security of our students and staff remain our top priorities. We appreciate the Martin County Sheriff’s Office for taking swift action last evening and overnight to investigate this incident and make the necessary arrests. We will also have an increased law enforcement presence on campus out of an abundance of caution. Please do not be alarmed by this as you are dropping off your student or passing by our campus- this action, which again is being taken out of an abundance of caution, is part of our school district’s continued partnership with the Martin County Sheriff’s to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
Please do not hesitate to contact the main office of our school with any questions you have. Thank you for your continued support and for partnering with us for your child’s education.