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Tampa teenager joke turns in to first degree felony. Two middle school students in Hillsborough County found themselves facing grave consequences when their seemingly harmless joke turned into a first-degree felony charge. The Tampa teenagers used Snapchat to make threatening posts targeting Bloomingdale High School, accompanied by images of firearms and alarming statements. Despite claiming it was just a joke, their actions were taken seriously by law enforcement agencies.

Between May 11 and May 13, the 14-year-old students posted threats on Snapchat, stating that May 15 would be a day akin to the tragedy of September 11, 2001, specifically targeting 14-year-olds. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, in collaboration with the FBI, swiftly investigated the situation and discovered that the firearms shown in the posts were stock images and not in the students’ possession.

Both students were arrested on charges of first-degree felony for making written or electronic threats to conduct a mass shooting or act of terrorism. The severity of these charges reflects the gravity of the situation and serves as a clear message that such behavior will not be tolerated. This incident highlights the importance of reporting any suspicious activities or threats promptly, ensuring the safety of schools and communities.

The case of the Hillsborough County teenagers illustrates the serious consequences that can result from making threats on social media platforms. Regardless of their intent, such actions will be treated with the utmost seriousness by law enforcement agencies. As a community, it is vital to remain vigilant and report any concerning activities to safeguard the well-being of our schools and neighborhoods. News Channel 8