Girl, 12, arrested after threatening Nova Middle, Nova High on Instagram

6th-grade Nova Middle School student calls posts prank; police say it's no joke

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor, Trent Kelly - Reporter, Ian Margol - Reporter

DAVIE, Fla. - A 12-year-old girl was arrested Sunday after she posted threatening messages against Nova Middle School and Nova High School on Instagram, police said.

The posts included threats of violence and pictures of guns, along with the statement, "Who ready to die."

According to a probable cause affidavit, the sixth-grade student at Nova Middle School told police it was a prank and that she was "put up to posting the messages."

"It's not a joke," Davie police Detective Vivian Gallinal said. "We're not taking it as a joke."

A call went out to parents Sunday night from Nova Middle School's principal notifying them of the threat and letting them know police were investigating.

These are just some of the threatening Instagram posts directed at Nova High and Nova Middle schools.

"It's ridiculous because, like, people say things to make other people scared for no reason when there's nothing really going to happen," Nova High School junior Brian Barbot told Local 10 News.

Davie police said officers would be on campus Monday.

The girl was arrested and taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

She appeared in juvenile court Monday with her parents, who work for a law enforcement agency. Her public attorney told the judge the girl might have been bullied at the school. 

The girl has been suspended from school for 10 days. A meeting is expected to soon happen to determine whether the student will be expelled and a threat assessment will be done. 

For now, the student has been placed on home detention.

She is not allowed to use any electronics, have contact with any witnesses in the case or return to Nova Middle School and Nova High School.

The judge also ordered that there be no firearms in the home. 

"They are very specific rules," Judge Stacy Ross told the girl. "I told you you can't violate them in any way. If you do, they will pick you up and bring you to a detention center and bring you back in front of a judge. Do you understand?"

The child told the judge she did. 

Her next hearing is scheduled for Nov. 14. 

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