Cypress Bay High School student receives text threatening her life
Citation issued to teenage boy, BSO deputies say
WESTON, Fla. – A South Florida mother is on edge after she said threatening text messages were recently sent to her daughter.
The teen believes the messages are from a 10th-grader at Cypress Bay High School in Weston.
The Broward Sheriff's Office confirmed Friday that a teen received a citation and was not arrested since this is his first offense.
The mother said the student threatened to kill and dismember her daughter.
"I don't want to be that mom standing over my daughter's grave and say, 'The cops told me it was just talk,'" Staci Grogan said.
Grogan said she fears for her daughter's life.
The 14-year-old told her mother that she randomly received several screenshots of text messages that appear to be between two boys discussing harmful things they would do to her and a friend.
"There's explicit threats, even this morning, of how the guy asking to help the other person how to dispose the bodies, feed them to the sharks. There's explicit details. To me, that's premeditated rape, premeditated kidnapping, premeditated murder -- not OK," Grogan said.
A screenshot of one of the text chats reads, in part: "So how are you going to kidnap them and get away with it?"
The person responds, "I'm going to go with my gang in my boy's car and snatch them from wherever they are hanging out with no cameras or witness (expletive)."
"It makes me very concerned that this is happening in the school and we don't know where it's coming from or who it is," Grogan said.
Grogan said her daughter believes the string of texts came from someone at her school.
Grogan said she took her concerns straight to the Weston Police Department.
"The sergeant basically said that, 'Well, you know the threat wasn't directly made to your daughter,'" Grogan said. "I said, 'Direct or indirect, my daughter's name was mentioned in this thread and her pictures are in the thread. To me, that's a direct threat and it's very concerning.'"
BSO deputies said they worked with the Weston Police Department to determine who was behind the texts.
Authorities said the teen will have to attend a juvenile civil citation program. If he completes the program successfully, he will be not be charged.
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