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Florida teen wanted to 'kill a lot of kids,' be next school shooter: Sheriff


By: Gary Detman, WPEC Staff

DAVENPORT, Fla. (CBS12) - A teen found drunk on the sidewalk in central Florida told deputies he wanted to be the next school shooter, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

The investigation began Saturday morning when deputies responded to a call for service regarding a boy who had an "altered level of consciousness" and appeared to be intoxicated on a sidewalk in Davenport, according to the report. Crews took the boy to the hospital before interviewing him.

Investigators said the 13-year-old boy told deputies he wanted to die and see God and shoot up Celebration and Westside K-8 School and "kill a lot of kids," according to the incident report from the Polk County Sheriff's Office. The boy said he remembered drinking an entire bottle of liquor at his parents house the night before and taking what he called "happy pills" before waking up in the hospital. The teen added he wanted to kill a student at school who was "trying him."

The boy, according to the sheriff's office, had images of Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in the school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and a photo of the Columbine High School shooting on his Playstation.

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Nikolas Cruz appears in court for a status hearing before Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Cruz is charged with killing 17 people and wounding many others in Wednesday's attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, which he once attended. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool)

He also said he buried a gun in his backyard but none was found.

Investigators said the boy was arrested and expelled from Westside K-8 school for making similar threatening statements.

"This teen is clearly in trouble. He's had an affidavit filed in Osceola County for threatening to kill students, and he's been Baker Acted by both OSCO and PCSO. We hope he receives the treatment he needs to deal with his desires to hurt himself and others, but we have also placed him under arrest for felony aggravated stalking," said Sheriff Grady Judd. "We cannot allow anyone of any age to get away with criminal threats to kill, especially when they are aimed towards schoolchildren."

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