Jan. 30, 2013 – An arrest was made yesterday in the Flowery Branch High School Instagram threat hoax from Monday that resulted in some 1,000 students checking out of school.
Hall County sheriff’s investigators arrested 18 year old Tiffani Torres Tuesday morning at her home.
She was charged with one count of disruption of a public school.
She was booked into the Hall County Jail, where a $1,000 bond was set after a first appearance hearing.
The Hall County magistrate imposed several conditions, including that she doesn’t access social media, the Internet or use her cellphone, and that she keeps a 10 p.m. curfew.
A senior, she has been suspended from school pending a disciplinary tribunal, said Gordon Higgins, spokesman for the Hall County school system.
She is accused of using the social photo-sharing site Instagram to fabricate “knowledge of a shooting that was allegedly going to take place, knowing there was no fact to it,” said Sgt. Kiley Sargent, sheriff’s office spokesman.
“During our investigation, it was determined Torres fabricated the entire conversation with the intent to intimidate those who were part of the conversation (with others).”
The sheriff’s office’s computer forensic investigator, along with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, was able to track down Torres through her Internet provider address, he said.
Authorities have said that throughout the incident, students and staff were never in danger.
Disruption of a public school is a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
“The reason the charge isn’t terroristic threats is because the comments were not directed to a specific person,” Sargent said.
- Story from the Gainesville Times
Copyright Glory 1330 2013