MIRAMAR, Fla. – A former student at Everglades High School in Miramar was arrested for threatening to shoot up the school, Miramar police said Monday morning.
Police identified the former student as Javary Meriwether, 28, who they said posted the threatening message on Facebook.
According to an arrest report, the messages began Saturday morning with Meriwether posting, "I'm still deciding whether to shoot that b**** up or not."
The post was followed by a second one minutes later that read, "I'm talking bout my old high school."
A third message that was somewhat incoherent read, "Matter fact, I was think (sic) about shooting the school up because of you not ya'll treated me. Now I'm interested in making everybody wealth from generations to come fvo things."
Police said Meriwether confessed to writing the threatening messages and claimed he did so because his mother was stressing him out. He said the messages were intended as a joke and he had no intention of carrying out the threat, authorities said.
According to police, there is no credible threat toward the school at 17100 SW 48th Court; however, authorities have increased police presence in and around all high schools in Miramar to "help ease concerns and provide a greater sense of security for students and staff."
Meriwether faces a charge of intimidation/writing or sending a threat to kill or injure.
His family said he has mental health issues and Broward County Judge Louis Schiff attempted to determine Monday in bond court if Meriwether understood what was going on.
"Do you understand you can not use social media?" Schiff asked.
"That's how I make my money though," Meriwether responded while smiling in court.
Meriwether was ultimately ordered held in lieu of a $15,000 bond. If he posts bail, he will be outfitted with a GPS ankle monitor and is not allowed on schools grounds.