Desiree Zio, a Florida high school student, has been accused of threatening to kill her teacher on social media.
Zio, 18, was arrested on Sunday, August 13, after allegedly saying she intended to find her former River Ridge High School teacher at home or at school and stab her with a knife.
According to WFLA, investigators said Zio intended to find the teacher at her residence or at the school to try and carry out the threat.
The post read, “I’m going to kill ___.”
Investigators say Zio wrote the threat on her mother’s Facebook page and sent it directly to the teacher. The teacher immediately contacted authorities.
“The teacher brought it to the principal’s attention, who then informed law enforcement,” said Lt. Troy Fergueson. Detectives said Zio was upset regarding incidents from last year.
Students attending class on the first day can’t believe it.
“It’s crazy that it happened at my school, but like not really, you know people joke around about that, but you know. It’s not something to joke about,” said freshman Alexis Rizzo.
District officials said threats on social media won’t be taken lightly.
“She was angry at her former teacher and claimed there was some bullying last school year that wasn’t addressed to her satisfaction and she acted out emotionally and made the threat,” Ferguson said.
Authorities said the teacher not only saw the post on Facebook, but Zio sent her the message directly.
Zio was charged with written threats to kill or do bodily harm and is being held on $10,000 bond. Zio, who is entering her senior at Marchman High School, will be recommended for suspension.