March 30, 2023

Student charged with making false threats to commit a school shooting
On March 30, 2023, the Venice Police Department arrested a 14-year old student in connection with his alleged threats to commit a shooting at his school, the Student Leadership Academy. Investigators determined the juvenile was upset with another student and told students his desire to commit a shooting and not to come to school the following day. When confronted by one of the witnesses, the defendant claimed he was just joking. We learned this student has a history of making similar threatening statements that were previously investigated by school administration.
We thank the youths that came forward with this information. We take threats such as these very seriously. We encourage parents to talk to their children about the seriousness of the words they use. Children need to understand the seriousness and potential ramifications of making flippant comments such as these.
We continue to work with local school officials as this investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information regarding this investigation is asked to call VPD at 941-486-2444 regarding case #23-0478.
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