13-year old allegedly told assistant principal he would kill her, deputies say

Hollywood — An eighth-grader at Schroder Middle School is accused of threatening to kill an assistant principal, blow up her car and hurt others at the school, authorities said Thursday.

The 13-year-old reportedly e-mailed the threats to Assistant Principal Rudell Burch from a school computer Wednesday. Later in the day, he reportedly threatened to "blow up the school and shut all the damn programs down" during a confrontation with school site coordinator Gwendolyn Whitsell, according to a police report.

Investigators arrested the teen Wednesday night and charged him with making threats, sheriff's Maj. John Clark said.

The teen, whose name was not released because of his age, has been suspended from school and is recommended for expulsion, said Elliot Smalley, the district's executive director of planning, marketing and communications.

Burch received three e-mails Wednesday, Clark said. The writer told her he knows what kind of car she drives. He stated that he would blow up her car and warned her to run when she saw him because he has a gun, Clark said.

"I'm going to kill all of your workers and then kill you. Merry Christmas and (expletive) Happy New Year," one e-mail read, according to deputies.

The e-mails were sent from someone else's account, but investigators traced them to the teen, Clark said. It's unclear why the teen harbored animosity toward Burch, he said.

Around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Whitsell saw the student and asked why he had not attended an after-school program she supervised. He lied about helping another teacher during that time, Whitsell said, and she told him she planned to suspend him from the program. That's when he threatened to blow up the school, a police report said.

The teen's parents allowed deputies to search his room. No explosives or weapons were found, deputies said.

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