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FCSO Arrests BTMS Student for Threatening a Teacher – School’s Fifth Such Occurrence in Eight Weeks

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An increasingly common occurrence at BTMS, Flagler Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a student who threatened to shoot somebody else. This time, a 13 year-old boy made such a threat to one of his teachers.

Read More: FCSO Arrests 12 Year-Old Who Made Remark About Shooting Up Buddy Taylor Middle School

On Tuesday, October 12th, the school resource deputy was made aware that the threat had been made in a BTMS classroom to the teacher and to another student. According to a report by Deputy Jason Williams, it was the student’s first day in an art class, and that he and the teacher didn’t have a prior rapport. The student was having issues with the teacher that boiled over into his verbal threats.

In the report, the boy was stated as saying: “Shut up b***h, f**k you b***h. I am going to shoot you.” As he said this, the student made a finger gun at the teacher. He then turned it to the other student, saying he was going to shoot him also, and empty his clip into him. The teacher did not believe the other student heard these remarks, but that others in the classroom certainly did.

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The incident apparently began when the teacher intervened in a disagreement between the student who made the threat and the other student he threatened. Once the Deputy Williams was made aware of the exchange, he took the boy to his office in handcuffs.

After reading the boy his Miranda rights, Williams asked the boy about the incident that’d just occurred. He at first denied having made the threat to his teacher, but after being read her account of events, agreed that his comments were not acceptable. He didn’t know why he’d made them.

After school, FCSO deputies came to the student’s home and arrested him on two counts of Threats to Kill. After being processed at the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility, he was turned over to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Read More: TalkFlagler Weekly News Update with Flagler Beach Police Chief Matt Doughney

Sheriff Rick Staly issued a plea to parents in Flagler County to teach against violent behavior: “Making threats to others is no joke and will always be taken seriously,” he said. “It is unfortunate how often we have to make these arrests. Parents, I ask that you please teach your children the proper way to handle anger and that making threats or acting out is not the solution. I once again implore parents to be the Sheriff in your home and talk to your children. We don’t want to be the Sheriff of your child but we will if you don’t.”

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According to documentation provided by the FCSO, this is the fifth time a Buddy Taylor student has been arrested for threatening violence to another individual since August 23rd (there were two instances on that day). These and other threats of gun violence resonate especially strongly in Florida, which was subject to the deadliest high school shooting in American history in February 2018, in Parkland. The Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, which saw 17 killed and 17 more wounded, revitalized the discussion of school shooting prevention with Florida often times at the center.

AskFlagler has made the decision to omit the name of the 13 year-old student.

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Chris Gollon is a Flagler County resident since 2004, as well as a staple of the local independent music scene and avid observer of Central Florida politics, arts, and recreation.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. TR

    October 14, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    Another fine upstanding student(NOT)acting like a tough guy. His parents should be real proud of this idiot. I’m glad that the FCSO follows through on cases like this and arrested the tough little punk. Now maybe they should look into the home life this punk has and if there is a problem with the parents for not doing their job correctly,(teaching their little precious kid, right from wrong) they also should be held accountable.
    Great job FCSOfficer Williams.

  2. Christina

    October 14, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    It’s not always the parents fault! Everyone is so quick to blame the parents! I know some parents who raised their kids completely right, but the kids still turned around and acted like this. Yes I agree policing your children begins at home, but before you start throwing the parents under the bus maybe you should see if they actually tried to raise them right. Good job FCSO!

  3. TR

    October 14, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    There is always an underlining problem when young teenagers act like this. Most of the time there is a problem with the parents.

  4. The dude

    October 15, 2021 at 7:30 am

    Threats to shoot people on school property are only acceptable when made at public school board meetings… amirite?

  5. Set

    October 15, 2021 at 7:38 am

    Okay. So first we don’t know if the kid is a bad kid or had a bad day.
    Second we don’t know the parents or how they parent. We don’t know if the kid was the victemless prior to the threat.
    To pass judgement here with this little bit of story is not effective.

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