FDLE arrests student who admitted to AirDropping shooting threat on Leon High School

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By: Lanetra Bennett I WCTV Eyewitness News
December 3, 2019

According to the probable cause affidavit, Ariana Goldwire sent a message via AirDrop to other students on campus on November 5 that said "I'm gonna shoot this b**** up tomorrow." (Photo via Leon County Sheriff's Office)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A school threat investigation leads to the arrest of an 18-year-old being arrested.

Arianna Goldwire is a student at Leon High School. She is charged with Written Threats to kill or Do Bodily Harm.

Authorities say she sent out a threatening message to other students through AirDrop back on November 5th.

AirDrop is way Apple users can send files to anyone with the feature who's near them, even strangers.

Technology expert Blake Dowling, the C.E.O. of Aegis Business Technologies, says because it's so easy, threats like this will happen more often.

"I take it serious. It's not a joke to do stuff like that." Said, Bryce Weaver.

The Leon High School student remembers receiving the threatening message last month.

"I was just shocked. I was like, people are really doing it nowadays. So I didn't come to school the next day, though, because I wanted to stay safe." Weaver said.

Authorities say the message said, "I'm gonna shoot this b**** up tomorrow".

They say Goldwire AirDropped the threat to multiple students.

"AirDrop is not an app necessarily. AirDrop is a function of the iPhone. So, if you have AirDrop enabled, anyone within 30 feet of you can send you a message; and that's scary." Dowling explained.

Authorities say they tracked the AirDropped school threat back to Goldwire because her computer was connected to the school's WiFi. They say she'd changed her device's name to "School Shooter".

Jayden Smith, a student at Leon, said, "This type of stuff needs to be taken serious because too many kids have been killed over it a lot recently. So, I'm actually kind of glad people are actually taking it serious."

A preview pops up on the screen when someone AirDrops something, therefore you have the option hit decline if it's a file you don't want. You can also change your settings to allow AirDrops from your contacts.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
December 3, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says it arrested an 18-year-old Leon High School student who admitted to "AirDropping" a threat on campus in November.

AirDrop is a feature that allows Apple users to share files wirelessly. It has the range to reach the next room. According to the probable cause affidavit, Ariana Goldwire set her phone's device name as "School Shooter" when she connected to Leon High's Wi-Fi, then sent a message via AirDrop to other students on campus on November 5 that said "I'm gonna shoot this b**** up tomorrow."

Another student shared the threat to their Instagram story, according to the affidavit. This student told Leon County Sheriff's Office Deputies in an interview she didn't know who created the message, but she posted it to her story to make people aware. The affidavit says she initially rejected the AirDrop several times. The student gave deputies the names of the students she was sitting with when she got the message.

Information Technology for the Leon County School Board tracked the student ID number connected to the phone that logged in with the name "School Shooter" back to Goldwire, the affidavit said.

When FDLE special agents interviewed Goldwire, she denied creating the message at first, but later admitted she Airdropped it, according to the affidavit.

A special agent reviewed Goldwire's phone and confirmed the MAC address of it matched that of the device connected to the Leon Wi-Fi as "School Shooter."

Goldwire was charged with written threats to kill or do bodily harm.

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