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Officers arrest teenage boy over Fort Lauderdale school shooting threat

Officers arrested a 17-year-old boy in Broward County over school shooting threats on social media.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Officers arrested a 17-year-old boy in Broward County over a school shooting threat recently distributed on social media, The Fort Lauderdale Police Department announced on Wednesday.

The teenager from Pompano Beach is accused of threatening Stranahan High School, at 1800 SW 5th Pl., in Fort Lauderdale, where he was a student.

“He had the means to carry out the threat,” Casey Liening, a spokeswoman for the department, wrote in a statement.

The boy is facing a charge of written or electronic threats to kill, do bodily injury, or conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism; punishment; exemption from liability.

Officials reported there were also shooting threats from Oct. 15 to Oct. 17 mentioning Dillard High School and William Dandy Middle School.

FBI agents, Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies, and Coral Springs officers are assisting detectives with the investigations, according to Liening.

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