School Alert: Paul R. Smith Middle School Student Arrested

Pasco Sheriff’s Office arrested a 12-year-old Paul R. Smith Middle School student this afternoon after the student made a threat toward the school on social media. The threat was found to be a hoax, and to be clear, there is no threat to the school. The student was arrested for False Report of Using a Firearm in a Deadly Manner, which is a felony.

PSO takes all threats seriously and investigates them thoroughly. If you see a threat on social media, report it immediately and do not share it. For PSO, you can submit a tip to the Pasco Sheriff’s Crime Tips Line at 1-800-706-2488, or submit a tip online at

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