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12-year-old girl in Florida charged with felony following false report of gun on campus

TAMPA Fla (WFLA) - Two Tampa schools were placed on lockdown Wednesday morning after a student fabricated a rumor about a weapon on campus according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Hillsborough County Schools confirms Farnell Middle School and Bryant Elementary School were placed under lockdown earlier today.

The sheriff's office says a 12-year-old student said she saw a man wearing all black, carrying a gun on her way back from the bathroom. Within 30 seconds of the School Resource Deputy at Farnell learning of a possible campus threat, he was on scene followed by an immediate response by Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. 

Middle school students were then sent to the auditorium to go through metal detectors. The student who made the initial claim later admitted that she fabricated the entire story.

Sheriff Chronister told News Channel 8 that with the one year anniversary of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida looming, they are taking these kinds of threats even more seriously. 

“It’s a shame that somebody chose to take an opportunity knowing that the anniversary of Stoneman Douglas is rapidly approaching and to make such a false threat,” said the sheriff. “If you make a school-based threat it’s no different than making a threat in an airport or in an airplane. It’s gonna be followed to the fullest extent.”

 

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