Baker Student Arrested After Sending Threatening Messages

Friday, August 24, 2018

Baker, FL – A Baker School student who made threatening comments in a message to another student via social media was arrested today by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

17-year old Kaleb Crooks is charged with making a false report about planting a bomb, explosive or weapon of mass destruction or concerning the use of firearms in a violent manner, a second degree felony.

According to the arrest report, Crooks sent a text message to one witness stating, ” I’m wondering if I should get a job an buy that AR-15 from that one guy. Possibly buy 3 more clips. Ya know, do a drive by at ******* house.”

The report further stated Crooks had previously sent a FaceBook message containing a photo of him holding a black sime-automatic rifle. At the time the photo was sent, the two students were friends but have recently began arguing about a girl.

Crooks told School Resource Officers that he did send the messages but never intended to harm anyone.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has a zero tolerance policy in regards to threats and the student was turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

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