By: Sharon Aron Baron
A man was arrested after making violent phone threats to a Coral Springs High School teacher that he saw as a romantic rival resulting in a lockdown on Wednesday afternoon.
According to Coral Springs Police, around 12:25 p.m. on Wednesday, a school employee in the main office of Coral Springs High School received a phone call with the caller ID of “Curtis Jackson.” The caller, later identified as David Jean Baptiste, 28, stated, “We’re gonna shoot this bitch up.” When the employee asked the caller’s name, Jean Baptiste stated, “Didn’t you hear what I said? We’re gonna shoot this bitch up.” He then hung of the phone.
Officer Guard, the school resource officer was immediately made aware of the call and the school was placed on lock down and SWAT Team members were called out to provide additional security.
Officer Guard had previously taken part in an investigation at the school where teacher and candidate for Coral Springs city commission Joshua Simmons, was being harassed by a subject by the name of “Curtis Jackson” with the same phone number. Simmons said that he had been getting threatening messages from the same number that he had met Jean Baptiste back around 2009 or 2010 when he attended FAU in Boca Raton where both had dated the same woman.
Months ago, Simmons began noticing Jean Baptiste posting negative and untrue comments about him on Twitter. The account handle was @FloridaWeedman and Simmons believed that account belonged to Jean Baptiste. Simmons found his number, called Jean Baptiste and apologized for any possible wrongs Jean Baptiste had perceived.
In December, Simmons received a series of threatening text messages from the suspects number that read “Watch your back nigger” and “Niggas is lookin to spray u” and “Yo nigger if I ever see u in person I’m shooing yo ass on sight” and “I’ll sit in prison happy as fuck knowing u dead n gone.”
As the school was locked down, Simmons was transported to the Coral Springs Police Department in order to view photographs of potential suspects where he was positively identified.
Jean-Baptiste was arrested later that same day where he provided police with a full confession. He is being held on $50,000 bond in the Broward Main Jail where he is charged with two felonies.
The Coral Springs Police Department wants the public to know that they take threats towards a school, its students and school personnel very seriously. Any and all threats of school violence will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs, Parkland and the rest of South Florida.