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Student Threatens to Shoot Fellow Student

A Fort Walton Beach High School student is charged with sending an electronic message of himself holding a knife and threatening to kill another student.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged 15-year old Lincoln Wathen with sending a threat to kill or injure, a first degree felony. The investigation was initiated following a tip from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Deputies say he sent the threat in reference to another student who he says was being disrespectful towards a female student.

Wathen admitted to sending threatening messages to a group chat but refused to provide the name of the student he was threatening or the name of the female classmate he was allegedly standing up for.

“I want to again emphasize that any threat involving students or school safety is taken seriously and thoroughly investigated, and substantiated threats will result in an arrest,” said Sheriff Eric Aden. “I also want to thank students who come forward to make sure these situations are reported and checked out. If you see something, say something.”