Judge Orders Teen To Write Apology Letter For High School Bomb Threat

December 3, 2018

A teenager who made a bomb threat against Northview High School has been ordered to write an apology essay.

Judge Gary Bergosh ordered Gavin Lee Barlow, 19, to “write sincere letter of apology to Northview High School at least 250 to 300 words” within 90 days. He was also ordered to pay $273 in court costs.

The incident occured on May 18, 2018. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office completed a search and cleared the campus shortly after the threat was made, and deputies were able to quickly develop Barlow as a suspect thanks to video evidence.

At 2:30 p.m., the school resource officer was made aware that Barlow sent a profanity-laced video through the Snapchat app to a student at the school who had just been suspended for the rest of the year, according to the Sheriff’s Office. In the video, Barlow said, “I hate that (profanity) school, I hate that (profanity), I hate Mrs. Weaver. I wish that (profanity) would blow the (profanity) up at 3:20. (Profanity) I’m gonna set a bomb off in that (profanity).  I’m gonna get Russia to blow that (profanity) up.”

Barlow was not a student at the school.

Principal Gayle Weaver was informed of the threat, and a decision was made to dismiss faculty, staff and students early at 3:11 p.m., rather than the normal dismissal time of 3:20 p.m.

“The threat was time specific for 3:20,” Weaver said in a recorded photo call to parents.

After contact was made with Barlow, he met deputies at a house on Pine Barren Road (pictured above), just outside the Northview campus, and Barlow was placed under arrest without incident at 4:45 p.m.

A charge of making a bomb threat was dropped by prosecutors, and adjudication was withheld on two counts of interfering with a school function.

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14 Responses to “Judge Orders Teen To Write Apology Letter For High School Bomb Threat”

  1. student on December 6th, 2018 10:33 am

    i was in the group chat that the message was sent in. i would like to know how many of y’all have ever got mad and said stuff you didn’t mean? gavin couldn’t make a bomb if he had all of the materials in front of him, much less blow up a school. he was on the creek bank fishing when all of this happened and had no idea what was going on at northview. when the cops contacted him he went straight to their location and turned himself in. He had no idea what they even wanted him for. the wrong people heard the wrong thing and he got tossed in to a situation. we all could have been there, he just got unlucky. He was mad because his cousin got suspended for the last 4 days of school for having his hat on in the theater. gavin was just talking and had no intention to do any wrong. so before you bash gavin for a mistake plz take into consideration that your son/daughter has probably said the same thing gavin said multiple times.

  2. Karen on December 4th, 2018 10:54 am

    Boy writing a meaningless apology letter will really show him how serious this threat was I don’t see how the judge will be able to sleep at night after handing down such a stiff penalty on this sweet innocent little kid. Give me a break bull like this is why I voted to replace every judge on the ballot.

  3. Jerry on December 4th, 2018 6:45 am

    Kids make stupid mistakes he is lucky to have a reasonable judge because he could have done time for this. I hope he will see just how lucky he is

  4. Old Coach on December 3rd, 2018 11:28 am

    Yep, that ought to work, not. Ordered apology is meaningless. Might as well tell him to stand in the corner for a count of ten.

  5. Really? on December 3rd, 2018 11:19 am

    No community service? Just a letter? New judge needed. He is a threat.

  6. ROBERT on December 3rd, 2018 10:54 am

    Wow..write a letter and pay court costs..what a wimp judge….how about all the cost for the LEO’s etc who had to respond to this…Make him pay those costs too instead of us taxpayers…How about a month in jail and community service added on….Judges have all lost their minds….

  7. Brittanie on December 3rd, 2018 10:38 am

    Yes this is this guys first time EVER getting in any trouble in any way shape or form for those of you running your mouths.

  8. Sage2 on December 3rd, 2018 9:46 am

    I’m sure a sincere letter of apology will set this young man on the right path for the future. Just wondering if this is his first dance with the court system?

  9. James on December 3rd, 2018 8:44 am

    An apology letter? I’m sure this teen learned his lesson (note sarcasm). No doubt this guy will be visiting a cell again in the future. No consequences to an action encourages repeat behavior.

  10. 429SCJ on December 3rd, 2018 7:05 am

    Anger and Wrath; they just seem to compliment one another.

    Hopefully that young man can get some help as he has potential.

  11. Trocarman on December 3rd, 2018 7:00 am

    He had to write a letter of apology?
    Seriously? What a joke.

  12. Jan on December 3rd, 2018 6:29 am

    i hope he turns himself around because of this

  13. Stumpknocker on December 3rd, 2018 5:22 am

    Great job Judge,( with a lot of sarcasm) how bout at least holding him responsible for the tax payers cost of all the resources used that day, these resources are payed for by the citizens. All the hoops all of our local agencies had to jump through that day and many more afterwards, only for him to drop a letter off at the doorstep.

  14. Grand Locust on December 3rd, 2018 3:49 am

    Thumbs up for common sense to the judge. Stupid loose lips on a teenager do not need to have taxpayers paying for dopes and mopes who pose no threat to the public at 50k a year room and board. It is good to be vigilant nonetheless. Hopefully this young man will become a productive member of society.

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