Teen Accused of Making Online Threat to J.P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs

'I want to be a professional school shooter,' student wrote on YouTube, according to police

A 17-year-old student at J.P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs was arrested after police say he threatened to shoot up the school on YouTube.

The 10th grade student was arrested Wednesday on a charge of written threats to kill or do bodily injury, according to an arrest report.

The report said Coral Springs Police received a call from California of the potential threat posted on YouTube by someone with the user name "Sharp Shooter."

"I want to be a professional school shooter...(no sarcasm, Broward County, Florida) J.P. Taravella HS is my target, tomorrow. I'M LEGIT NOT JOKING AROUND! SPREAD MY MESSAGE!!!!!!" the threat read, according to the report.

The report said the student had edited the post with a similar threat.

"For who ever is reading this, I will be shooting up my high school in broward county Fl. Tomorrow afternoon at 12:00 when school starts. Round 2. J.P. Taravella HS! (I am legit, make my presence known)." the edited threat read, according to the report.

Police were able to identify the user as the teen and went to his home. The teen told officers he was just joking and wouldn't carry out the threat, the report said.

The report said there were firearms in his home in a location secured by the teen's father. The teen confessed to posting the threats on YouTube, the report said.

Taravella High is about five miles from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where 17 people were shot and killed on Feb. 14.

"The Coral Springs Police Department wants to thank the concerned citizen for making a call and making a difference," the department said in a statement.

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