Anaya Smith, a Florida woman accused of threatening to blow up her son’s high school unless cafeteria workers start giving him more food, said she was misidentified and didn’t even know not the student in question.
Smith was arrested on Wednesday and accused of making a false bomb threat and disturbing a school.
Authorities say Smith called Cocoa High School on Feb. 3 and left a voicemail threatening to “blow up this mother [expletive] up” to protest the amount of food her son received for lunch, according to Orlando station WKMG TV.
School staff members heard the message the next morning and contacted Cocoa police. Although the school was evacuated, no weapons or explosive devices were found, according to WKMG TV.
The person who left the threatening message did not leave their number, but the school’s caller ID listed Smith’s number, according to an arrest report. A resource officer later told investigators that Smith’s child argued with a cafeteria worker on Feb. 3 because he wanted more food.
Police say Smith is the student’s legal guardian, but Smith has denied the charges against Orlando Fox affiliate WOFL.
“I don’t even talk like that,” Smith said. “Anyone who knows me knows I don’t talk that way.”
She also said she had never heard of the student they claimed was her son and that the phone number linked to the threat was not hers.
WKMG and WOFL reported that the phone number listed in the police report is out of service.
“A simple fact check could have eliminated all of that,” Andrea Johnson, Smith’s sister, told WOFL. “An arrest could ruin someone’s life. Not his life. I’ll make sure.”
When contacted for comment, the Cocoa Police Department referred HuffPost to the Florida State Attorney’s Office, which filed the charges against Smith. Ministry officials told WKMG they had no comment beyond their initial report. The Florida State’s Attorney’s Office declined to comment for this story.
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