“Detectives also learned that students were attempting to learn how to construct pipe bombs and how to purchase firearms on the black market,” Marceno said.
Search warrants executed at the students’ homes turned up “a gun and several knives,” among the evidence Marceno called “disturbing.”
Students at the school were “safe at all times” during the incident, Lee County School District Superintendent Ken Savage said.
“As soon as students reported the potential threat, the teacher notified administrators, who immediately brought in the school resource officer. Together they emptied the classroom and investigated,” Savage said.
Detectives interviewed both teens and “determined that they both met the criteria for evaluation at a mental health facility,” said Marceno.
The teens face charges of conspiracy to commit a mass shooting, according to the sheriff.
過去には, deputies have responded to calls at the homes of the teens “ほとんど 80 times combined,” 保安官は言った.
Marceno reiterated his department’s commitment to a zero-tolerance policy, 言って, “Those responsible for threats, real or fake, will be held accountable.”
The teens will undergo a psychiatric evaluation under Florida’s Baker Act before being moved to a detention facility, a police spokesperson told CNN. The Baker Act allows mental health facilities to hold a person for up to 72 hours for evaluation.