Police: North Port boy, 11, arrested for threatening texts referencing Hitler, Ted Bundy

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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Woodland Middle School in North Port (Credit: Google Street View)

An 11-year-old North Port boy was arrested after he was found to have sent several threatening text messages, according to officers.

Documents show, the boy, whom WINK News will not name due to his age, sent messages to two friends, ages 11 and 12, that talked about a school shooting, school shooters, Adolf Hitler and Ted Bundy.

“If Hitler is alive I need him to bomb Woodland (Middle School). Hitler is King. And Ted Bundy is God. If Hitler comes to Woodland it would be a good day,” one of the messages read, according to the Probable Cause Affidavit (PCA).

Another message stated, “Then kill her. If you bring a gun I’ll help you kill her,” in reference to one of his friend’s complaints about a person.

The boy told one of the friends, “Have fun shooting up the school today,” and asked, “What period are you shooting the school up?” to which the friend replied “4th.”

That friend later told detectives she thought the exchange was a joke and “she did not want to shoot any person or anyone at her school,” and she had responded with “4th” because her fourth-period teacher had recently assigned an essay.

The friend’s mother told detectives that the boy “suffered from multiple mental and behavioral health problems, further stating [their daughter] often told her how he would act out in class and constantly talked back to the school staff and administration.”

The boy was interviewed by North Port Police detectives at his home, but that portion of the PCA is redacted.

He is facing a charge of making written threats to kill, do bodily injury, or conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism.

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