Third Bay District student arrested for allegedly making threats this week

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a middle school student Wednesday in connection with a report of a student threatening to shoot students at Jinks Middle School.

Deputies say the school resource deputy was given information concerning Riley Ross, 13. Investigators say they spoke with witnesses who say once Ross learned about the school shooting in Parkland, he began making comments he would shoot up the school. They also told investigators Ross would point his fingers like a gun and "shoot" at students. Witnesses told investigators Ross said he would "pull an alarm to get all the students outside and then would shoot them."

Investigators say when they spoke with Ross, he initially denied making those statements, but eventually admitted to them saying he only meant "if a shooter were to be at his school this is how and who they would shoot."

Ross was arrested and charged with Florida State Statute 790.163, False Report Concerning Use of a Firearm in a Concerning Manner, a second degree felony. Ross is the third Bay District Schools student this week to be arrested and charged for making a threat against a school.