Anclote High School was placed on lockdown for more than an hour Friday after a student told a friend he was going to shoot the school up like a video game, according to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.
The 16-year-old was overheard saying he was going to “have a shootout” at the pep rally with the gun he had stored in his locker, the arrest report said.
The sophomore compared the potential shooting to the video game Call of Duty.
After the threat was reported, a deputy searched for the student during his third period class but could not find him. The school was then placed on lockdown in order to find the teen.
Several deputies responded to the campus and searched lockers for weapons, but none were found.
Once the teen was located, he told deputies he did not make the statement, but later recanted and said he didn’t want to go to the pep rally and told someone he would shoot up the school, the report said.
The student was arrested, charged with disruption of school education process and taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center at the Land O’ Lakes Jail.