An 11-year-old Florida boy was taken into custody by police after threatening to shoot his teacher at his school, reports the New York Post.
The Bunnell Elementary School student is said to have aimed his iPad at the teacher last Thursday and made gun sounds, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office reported.
“I am going to shoot you up!,” the boy reportedly said.
The student then made the supposed threat once again before exiting the classroom while locking eyes with his teacher, according to police.
The incident, which was alarming to school staff, happened just a day after the teacher had scolded the child for singing “an inappropriate song about guns and shooting people” while in class, police said. He was taken out of class for the singing incident and told he could not return until the next day, when the supposed gun-related threats occurred.
The IT department at the school discovered over four pages of search results about handguns and ammunition on the boy’s computer, police reported. The boy is also being accused of discussing firearms with other students.
“The teacher told deputies that these incidents had now put her in fear for her life,” the sheriff’s office stressed.
Deputies placed the boy under arrest on Friday and charged him with an incorrect report related to the violent use of firearms.
Police have reported that the student has since denied making any threats against his teacher, but indicated that he talked about guns and said he knew that was wrong, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
The boy was later booked at the Flagler County Jail, and the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) was contacted before being released into his parents’ custody.
The student’s name was not released to the public because the boy is a minor.
The underage boy was the fourth student in Flagler County to be seized by authorities in under two weeks over alleged vicious threats, according to the News-Journal.
On Wednesday, a 12-year-old boy at the same elementary school was arrested when he reportedly told some of his classmates he was going to shoot up the school the following day.
That came after an arrest on Jan. 27 when a student at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School was said to have vowed to blow up his school.
A day before that, a student at Matanzas High School was taken in by police after being suspected of recording a song where in the lyrics he said he was going to murder a staff member.
“We have a zero-tolerance policy for threats in Flagler County, especially when it comes to our schools,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in a statement about the latest incident.
“By now, everyone should realize that if you make a threat in a school you are going to be arrested.”
The sheriff requested that parents have a talk with their children, noting that deputies do not enjoy having to make these kinds of arrests but will continue to do so if they have enough of a reason.
“Thank you to the teacher that came forward and reported this,” Staly added. “Remember, if you see something, say something.”
One person who commented on the sheriff’s department Facebook post describing the incident said: “The problem is they took away parental rights ,prayers and the pledge of allegiance out of schools, they took away America’s history, our government sucks!!!”
Another Facebook user pointed out, “I think our adults in Govt and the media have greatly contributed to the nastiness of our country today. Any kids that hear news or see it on social media probably think it’s normal.”