Miami-Dade high schools safe after hoax social media threat

Female student arrested, MDCPS spokesman says

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Three Miami-Dade County high schools are safe following a hoax social media threat, Miami-Dade County Public Schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho tweeted Monday morning.

Carvalho said the social media threats were made against John A. Ferguson Senior High School, Felix Varela Senior High School and South Dade Senior High School.

"She basically posted on Snapchat a picture of the rifle saying: 'I hate people,'" a student at Felix Varela Senior High School said.

MDCPS spokesman John Schuster confirmed that a female student was arrested at her home Monday morning for allegedly making the threats against the schools.

He said the threats were made over the weekend, and police acted fast, finding that there was no credible threat.

Parents were notified about the incident via email and were urged to speak to their children about using social media responsibly, Schuster said.

"They called my parents this morning, leaving a voicemail saying that it's safe (and) don't feel scared of going to school," the Felix Varela Senior High School student said. "That the police were already on their way and they're already here."

School officials did not immediately say what school the student attends.

Local 10 News was told that the student appeared in juvenile court on Monday and is scheduled to attend another hearing on Tuesday.

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