SARASOTA, Fla. – December 8, 2014 – 2:30 p.m.
Joshua Alexander Wilson, 16, has been charged with a felony charge of "Threat to throw, project, place, or discharge any destructive device" after posting on social media Friday afternoon he was going to commit a shooting at Sarasota High School. Wilson is a student at Sarasota High School.
On Friday, December 5, 2014, the Sarasota Police Department was notified through dispatch that an unknown person posted on Twitter "can’t wait to shoot up my school." These posts referenced a possible school shooting. Through investigation, the account was identified as belonging to the suspect, Wilson. Wilson’s Twitter account is open to the public and able to be viewed by anyone. Detectives and Officers with Sarasota Police Department responded to Sarasota High School and were able to identify Wilson however he was not at school at the time.
Detectives and Officers responded to Wilson’s home, contacted him and brought him to the Sarasota Police Department for further questioning. As a result of the investigation and in consultation with the State Attorney’s Office, Sarasota Police Detectives charged Wilson for his involvement in this incident. Wilson was booked at the Sarasota County Jail.
"Our Officers and Detectives responded and handled this type of threat the way they’ve been trained to do," said Chief Bernadette DiPino, Sarasota Police Department. "Our Officers and Detectives responded in a professional manner and worked with our community partners included the Sarasota County School District and Sarasota High School to make sure this threat was investigated and handled properly," said Chief DiPino. "We take these types of threats seriously."