Minor arrested for false report of potential school shooting

SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A middle school student is facing charges after deputies say he made up a threat at an area school.

The Walton County Sheriff's Office was called after an employee at Emerald Coast Middle School received an email naming a student who allegedly had flaunted a weapon and making threats "to go to the school and shoot as many people as possible."

Investigators say they quickly identified the potential suspect named in the email. They say they searched the child and there was no weapon. After questioning the student, investigators say there was no evidence to support what was in the email.

Investigators then went to question to child who sent the email. They say the person who sent the email was a former friend who they believe was trying to get the child named in the email in trouble after an argument. The child who sent the email does not attend Emerald Coast Middle School. They say the 12-year-old was arrested and charged with making a false report concerning the use of a firearm in a violent manner. This charge is a felony.