MIAMI, FL – A video game defeat spurred a 14-year-old boy to make several online shooting threats against students at St. Brendan High School in Miami, and that teen now faces a criminal charge for his actions. According to authorities, a detective in the Broward Sheriff’s Office Threat Management Unit received a tip from the Federal Bureau of Investigation on September 8 regarding the threats, which were posted in late August in the comments section on YouTube.
Broward Sheriff’s Office Detective Michael Ryan investigated and determined that the teen, who does not attend St. Brendan, posted multiple threats on the site, including, “I can’t wait to injure my classmates on September 12” and “I will bring a weapon to St. Brendan High September 12.” The teen also warned students at the school to “be ready.”
According to detectives, the teen admitted making the threats because he lost a game of Fortnite. The teen was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center for processing and faces a felony charge of written threats to kill, do bodily injury or conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism.
This case is a reminder that all threats are taken seriously and are fully investigated. Additionally, criminal charges could be brought, when appropriate.