Threat suspect pleads not guilty

Austin Lee Bowlin charged with written threats

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MIAMI - A teenager accused of tweeting threats to open fire at his school entered a plea of not guilty.

Austin Lee Bowlin was charged with one count of written threats on Tuesday.

According to an arrest affidavit, Bowlin sent out several tweets after an announcement was made by the principal at Miami Lakes Educational Center on Dec. 17, including writing:

  • Finna shoot up the school this Friday. Prepare Yourselfs
  • Making a list and checking it twice. We're about to see who gets shot up real nice
  • Just cause this school has a "safety plan" don't mean ****. I could have walked in today with a gun in my bag and shot my whole class. Dead.
  • Yeah, Bunch of little kids Died. I could care less and my school announces it like it matters. safe? I could shoot this school up easily

But Bowlin said his words weren't meant to be taken literally. He told police the tweets were his reaction to the principal's announcement regarding the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

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