A 15-year-old student is facing a felony charge after allegedly threatening to open fire at Ridgewood High School. the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.
The student, whose name we are withholding because of his age, allegedly told students not to come to class because he intended to "shoot up the school." A school staff member verified the threat.
The student faces a charge of making a false report to use a firearm in a violent manner, which became a second-degree felony under a law that took effect on Oct. 1.
District Superintendent Kurt Browning said it "breaks my heart that a 15-year-old student’s future is in jeopardy because he made a false threat to shoot up his school."
He said officials publicized the new law and asked parents to discuss with it their children.
"I will take this opportunity to once again ask all parents to make it clear that it’s not okay to joke about school shootings," Browning said. "Such threats are not a laughing matter and neither are their legal consequences."