Clearwater Police have identified a 7-year-old first-grade student as the culprit of a hoax 911 call Tuesday that temporarily put Belleair Elementary School on lockdown.
According to police, the 911 caller told police about a gun and shots fired at the school. After investigating, police determined it was a hoax.
On Feb. 27, the juvenile also called 911 to report a deceased person in the roadway, police said.
This was also determined to be a hoax. Detectives located the juvenile and he confessed to making a total of nine hoax phone calls prior to and following the active shooter call.
The majority of the calls were nondescript, and only two generated a police response (active shooter and body in the road), police said.
Police said the juvenile was released to a parent and charges of misuse of 911 have been referred to the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office.
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