GPD arrests second GHS bomb threat suspect

Gainesville Police Department (GPD) detectives arrested a second Gainesville High School student Tuesday in connection with the GHS bomb threats received Monday and last Friday.

GPD charged Kaniyah Hudson, 14, on one felony count of making a false report concerning planting a bomb, an explosive or a weapon of mass destruction.

Last Friday, GPD arrested Kashiya White, 15, for making a false bomb threat the previous Wednesday.

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“We are still looking for the student who gave the false report on Thursday,” GPD spokesperson Graham Glover said in a phone interview.

Hudson is currently being held at the Alachua Regional Juvenile Detention Center pending a detention hearing.

Eastside High School received its third bomb hoax Tuesday morning and was cleared by 12:45 p.m., according to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO).

If anyone has additional information about the GHS or other Alachua County Public School bomb threats that have been made since Aug. 19, GPD is directing tips to Detective McCazio at 352-393-7611. You can also make anonymous reports/tips to Crime Stoppers at 352-372-7867 or

The ACSO is directing anyone with information to contact its Criminal Investigations Division at (352) 367-4170.

Since Aug. 19, six Alachua County schools have received no less than 17 bomb threats: Four at Buchholz High School, four at Gainesville High School, four at Newberry High School, three at Eastside High School, and one apiece at Oak View Middle School and Newberry Elementary School.

On Sept. 13 ACSO deputies arrested of 17-year-old Buchholz student Preston Powers in connection with two of that school’s four threats, but no more have occurred since he was taken into custody.

Last Thursday ACSO deputies arrested Newberry High School students Ransel G. Lugo, 17, and Sarah A. McKay, 15, in connection with making bomb and mass shooting threats. Newberry High School received threats on four straight school days from Sept. 23 to Sept. 28—taking a high toll on the community.

Alachua County Sheriff Clovis Watson Jr. met with area law enforcement and Alachua County Public Schools Superintendent Carlee Simon on Sept. 30 to address the terrorism, shooting and other violent crimes that have affected the county and disrupted schools, he said in a Facebook statement.

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