FPC student arrested in connection with bomb threat 'joke' on Instagram

The student was arrested on Nov. 19, outside of school, after an employee recognized the boy in a post.


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A 14-year-old Flagler Palm Coast High School student was arrested on Nov. 19 just before midnight over an Instagram post threatening the school.

The photo, posted on Nov. 19, shows the boy inside a classroom, posing with a thumbs-up; in his other hand he is holding up a sign saying "school is going kaboom 2-3-23." A different student saw the post and showed his mother, an employee at FPC, who immediately contacted the Flagler County Sheriff's Office, according to the arrest report. 

Deputies arrived on the scene and interviewed the student, who said he knew the boy in the photo, but did not associate with him. The boy was identified by the reporting parent, and FCSO deputies made their way to his listed address, where they made contact with the 14-year-old and his father, the arrest report said.

The boy claimed the photo was just a joke between him and his friends, the report said, but admitted that it did mean "blow up the school." However, FCSO deputies found no reason to believe the boy had access to any bombs or weapons, the report said. 

The boy was arrested on a charge of sending a written threat to conduct an act of terrorism and taken to the Flagler County Inmate Facility, the report said. 

 

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