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School Prankster Could Face Terrorism Charges

It was a wild day at Florida High in Tallahassee. Hundreds of students were evacuated after a student claims to have a vial full of poison.

It happened at Florida State University schools Friday morning. Police say this hoax went too far and could end badly for one middle school student.

Friday morning started off bright and sunny at Florida High in Tallahassee, but police say before the first bell rang to start the morning, a middle school student pulled a prank and eventually more than 1,000 students were evacuated.

LT Linda Butler, spokeswoman for the Leon County Sheriff's Office, says, "We had a student take a vial that he claimed to be poison and threw it against the wall."

OFC John Newland with the Tallahassee Police Department says, "We have no idea what, if anything, was inside the vial."

The Leon County Sheriff's Office, Tallahassee Police, Florida State Police, the Fire Department, paramedics and FDLE all responded to the call after 15 students reported feeling nauseated. Police say post 9/11 you can never be too careful, and all this group training is paying off.

John Newland says, "It's been great team work out here; LCSO, TFD, TPD, and we're all cooperating as a group. Our primary focus is getting the task done."

Police say the students were finally allowed back into their classes right before noon, but only after initial HAZMAT scans found no hazardous chemicals and indicated the vial may have been empty.

Florida State University police are the lead in this case and say the 13-year-old middle school student has been arrested with charges pending. Other police agencies say in the worst case scenario he could be facing a terrorism charge.

Police say this prank will cost well into the thousands.


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