Teen Arrested for Fake Bomb Threat

Monday, April 16, 2018 6:37 PM

Teen Faces Felony Charge for Social Media Threat

(Cocoa, FL)—A Merritt Island teenager faces a felony charge for making a false bomb threat to a school in Cocoa Monday morning. The threat made via Snapchat warned followers not to go to Space Coast Christian Academy today because they were going to “blow the place up” before 11 a.m. The message quickly reached school administrators who contacted police. Kiandre Rivers, (DOB 01/05/03) was arrested late Monday after detectives learned the message originated from Rivers home.

 The investigation began just after 7:30 Monday morning when school administrators contacted police. The school was shut down and students were forced to go to another location until the scene could be cleared safe to return. The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office assisted and deployed two bomb deputies and one bomb sniffing dog to search the campus which is a part of Bethel Baptist Church on Michigan Avenue. No devices were located and the students were allowed to return. Further investigation revealed Rivers was the source of the message. Detectives determined Rivers created a pseudo Snapchat account using a fictitious name to send the threatening message to Rivers real account. Rivers then sent a screen capture of the message to a female friend and a family member who then sent the message to the school leaders. “We take these types of cases very seriously,” said Chief Mike Cantaloupe. “These kids think it’s a joke, but the impact of their actions have far reaching effects. They need to be held accountable and we need to make sure they are deal with.”

 Under Florida Statutes, making a false bomb threat is a second-degree felony punishable by a maximum 15-years prison if the case is handled in the adult court. Because Rivers is a juvenile, the case will be handled in the juvenile justice system with different penalties. Rivers was turned over to juvenile authorities where he will be given a court date.