Man confesses to threatening to shoot up Coral Springs High School, police say

Detectives arrest 28-year-old man for threatening call, text message

By Andrea Torres - Digital Reporter/Producer

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - David Jean-Baptiste is accused of threatening to shoot up Coral Springs High School on Wednesday, according to the Coral Springs Police Department. 

Jean-Baptiste, 28, confessed to having called the school to say, "We are going to shoot this bi---- up!"

Officer Tyler Reik said in a statement that the school was placed on a temporary lockdown after the threats. 

"School release was slightly delayed due to security measures that were initiated," Reik said. 

Detectives believe the target of Jean-Baptiste's threats was Joshua Simmons, a teacher at the school whom he considered a romantic rival while attending Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.  

Detectives found Jean-Baptiste sent several threatening text messages to Simmons. One read, "watch your back!" Others said, "Yo ni--- if I ever see u in person I'm shootin yo ass on sight" and "I'll sit in prison happy as fu--- knowing u dead n gone." 

Jean Baptiste faces one count of written threats to kill and one count of false report. 

Detectives were asking anyone with information about the incident to call Detective Jeff Payne at 954-346-1757.

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