University of Florida student arrested for alleged threats against Virginia Tech campus

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UPDATE MAY 13, 2020, 1:13 P.M.: Court records obtained by WFXR News shed more light on the arrest of a University of Florida student who threatened a mass shooting at Virginia Tech.

In the court records filed in Hardee County, Florida, an officer with the Bowling Green Police Department says suspect James Kelly wrote a document on May 9 that “was quite concerning as it was written to [name omitted by request] and talks about the manifesto of the Virginia Tech school shooter and goes into the write advising his manifesto will go viral and advising he had been Baker acted around the time of the Parkland school shooting and during this he had called Virginia Tech from the mental hospital and told them he planned to do a school shooting at Virginia Tech in due time.”

Officers say the letter also claimed Kelly to be the “Prophet of God and that they will gladly blame you for the [needless] deaths of all future Virginia Tech students.”

Police say Kelly also claimed to be a terrorist and was determined to die to his cause.

Bowling Green Police detained Kelly and interviewed him, where police say he admitted to writing emails from a McDonald’s in Wauchula, Florida. Police say Kelly told them he forwarded the letter “to try and get help from college professors to keep from getting expelled from the University of Florida to intimidate and get his way.”

Kelly was arrested for written threats to kill, do bodily harm, or conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism.


GAINSVILLE, FL (WFXR) – WFXR News has learned that a student at the University of Florida has been arrested after making threats of a violent nature toward the campus of Virginia Tech.

The student newspaper, The Alligator has reported that 36-year-old James Kelly, a business finance student living in Bowling Green, Florida, has been arrested by the local police department on Monday for “written threats to kill, do bodily injury or conduct a mass shooting or act of terrorism,” according to an arrest report from the Bowling Green (Florida) Police Department.

Kelly is said to have written a manifesto to a reporter with The Alligator telling them to change an article written about him or “I will gladly blame you for the needless deaths of all future VT students,” reported the newspaper.

As of Tuesday night, WFXR News has learned that Kelly is in a Hardee County Jail.

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