A student at Coral Gables Senior High School was arrested after he created fake email accounts in other students' names to make hoax threats against the school, Miami-Dade School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said.
Carvalho told reporters Tuesday that the student created the fake accounts on Gmail and that the case was investigated over the weekend.
"We want it known that we take all of these types of situations very seriously. We have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to threats against schools that result in disturbances in the learning environment," Carvalho said.
Carvalho didn't give the student's age or grade or give any details on the nature of the threats. He said the student will be referred to an intervention program and will be excluded from the regular school environment.
"The consequences for these types of transgressions are severe. These hoaxes, these non-credible threats are felonies and they result in a life-long record in a young person's curriculum," Carvalho said.
The incident had many students upset and angry.
"At the end of the day, that's it, we need to stop with the jokes," freshman Deborah Eusebio said. "Just take consideration of the people that you threaten. It's not just one person or a joke, you threatened a school with 3,000 kids, many lives."
"I don't think it's funny at all, it's risking our lives in a way. We don't know if it's going to happen or not, it's really stupid and kids are being irresponsible," student Eric Suarez said.