- February 20, 2019
A former student at Buddy Taylor Middle School was arrested on Jan. 26 for threatening to kill a current student.
A current female student brought the threats to administration and the school's resource officer on Thursday morning, according to a press release from Flagler County Sheriff's Office. The female student told the officer that a former, male BTMS student was threatening to shoot a male student at the school.
The threats were made over messages on the social media app Snapchat between the female and former male student, according to the incident report; the female student was apparently dating the threatened student and had previously dated the former student.
In the messages, the former student threatened to fight the male student at Rymfire Park, stating he would bring his "gang" and gun. The female student immediately told the male she was dating that he was being threatened, the report said.
When interviewing the threatened male student, the report said he told the resource officer that the former student managed to get his Snapchat handle and threatened him directly over Snapchat, too.
“Threats such as these are not a joke and will always be taken seriously,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “We don’t like making these arrests, but we will come knocking on your door if your child makes any threat to harm someone."
FCSO deputies contacted the former student at his home, the press release said, where he admitted to sending the messages. The student was placed under arrest for making written threats to kill and taken to the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility. He was later turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice, the press release said.
The former student attended BTMS until the winter break this year and was transferred to a school in Daytona Beach after the break, the report said.
"Parents talk to your kids and be the Sheriff in your home," Staly said. "Thank you to the student who alerted school administration, who then alerted the SRD.”