Police across Broward County spent Monday morning investigating social media posts and text messages threatening school shootings at schools from Miramar to Fort Lauderdale to Coral Springs.
One person, a Fort Lauderdale 15-year-old girl, was arrested on a charge of intimidation by sending a written threat of conducting a mass shooting. Her arrest form said she admitted to Miramar police that she texted the threat to several people, but she “sent the message as a prank and has no intentions of causing harm to anyone.”
The text: “Hello Miramar students and staff and principal me and my best abt to shoot Miramar high school up Monday morning anyone we see in the hallways we going to shoot yo ass until we get in trouble be prepared for the wrest b----es f--- Miramar high school everyone in this b---- hope y’all die #f---miramar #beready”.”
The arrest form also said she just copied the threat from Instagram and changed “Dillard High” to “Miramar High.”
Fort Lauderdale police said there was “increased police presence” all day at Dillard High, Stranahan High and William Dandy Middle School after “several threatening social media posts.”
In a video released Monday afternoon, Broward County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Dr. Vickie Cartwright said the threats posted over the weekend to Instagram and, possibly, Snapchat, were “specific to schools and sometimes included staff members.”
She also encouraged people to share such threats via screenshot.
“For anyone sharing social media threats using screenshots with us, please feel free to also share the list of people who like the post via screenshot along with the post,” Cartwright said. “This additional information helps tremendously as we investigate each threat.”
.@browardschools invites you to watch and share this important video message from @suptvcartwright related to the social media threats some of our schools have received, and the District's actions to keep our students, teachers and staff safe. pic.twitter.com/noCmsbiPxR
— Broward Schools (@browardschools) October 18, 2021