Student charged with allegedly threatening school resource officer

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A 13-year-old is facing charges after allegedly threatening to shoot an Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputy.

Sheriff's officials say the child is a student at the Okaloosa Academy Charter School near Fort Walton Beach, and the deputy is the school's resource officer.

They say the boy was wandering the school's campus and refused to listen to school officials or the SRO. He reportedly beat on a classroom door and walked around several buildings before trying to enter one, at which point the SRO told him to stop.

Authorities say the student told the SRO he would shoot the SRO and punch him in the face if the SRO touched him. They say the student then repeated the threats and walked into a middle school building after being told to stop again. They say at that point the SRO grabbed the boy's arm. The boy then ran off but was caught.

The seventh-grader is charged with threatening a public official and resisting an officer without violence.