LAND O' LAKES, Fla. — Update: Deputies were able to identify a juvenile following a false threat made at Rushe Middle School in Land O' Lakes, the sheriff's office announced Monday.
Detectives began conducting the investigation after it was brought to their attention on Sunday, Sept. 4. At this time, "charges for altering the video and creating the hoax threat are being referred to the State Attorney's Office," the sheriff's office said in a tweet.
Pasco County Sheriff's Office said there is no threat to students and faculty at Charles S. Rushe Middle School, but there will be additional law enforcement on the campus out of an abundance of caution. Additionally, the sheriff's office is urging parents and guardians to talk with their children about the consequences of making fake threats.
Original: The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is investigating another false threat at a middle school in Land O' Lakes.
It's the second threat in a month at Rushe Middle School in Land O' Lakes and detectives said on Sunday they are conducting a thorough investigation.
When classes resume Tuesday, there will be additional law enforcement presence at the school out of an abundance of caution.
All parties have been identified and are being interviewed, the sheriff's office said in a tweet.
On the first day of classes, a fake bomb threat prompted a brief evacuation at the school, according to deputies.
In this new investigation, law enforcement says evidence indicates the original post was altered without the knowledge of the original poster to make it appear it was a threat. However, the threat is unsubstantiated.
Authorities said updates will be made as they become more available.
The sheriff's office stresses the importance of reporting threats and suspicious activities in a "timely fashion." You can call your local law enforcement to report such activity.
In Pasco County, you can call the Pasco Sheriff's Crime Tips Line at 1-800-706-2488 or online at PascoSheriff.com/tips.