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15-year-old MHS student arrested for Facebook threat

Manatee County Schools Superintendant Tim McGonegal said he appreciated the cooperation of law enforcement in helping to keep Manatee High School students safe, following the arrest of a 15-year-old Holmes Beach boy after he allegedly threatened violence against the school on Facebook.

A joint investigation by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and Holmes Beach Police Department led to the arrest of the MHS student. Detectives reported there was no evidence leading them to believe the juvenile had the means to carry out the threat.

The juvenile has been removed from his enrollment status at MHS and his future in county schools remains undetermined until the investigation is complete.

Meanwhile, school officials enacted added safety measures at the school.

McGonegal said the safety of students is the district’s No. 1 priority.

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