Nicholas Robert Godfrey, an 18-year-old senior at Fivay High School, about 40 miles north of Tampa, was charged with first-degree attempt to solicit murder, Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies said.
Detectives said they have messages Godfrey wrote on Instagram seeking a professional killer.
“I need a guy who could kill someone,” Godfrey allegedly wrote in one of the messages, offering $100,000 “for the guy’s head.”
“No joke, I need him eliminated as soon as possible.”
Even if Godfrey had no real intentions of killing the school staffer, the threat is itself a serious crime, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said.
“As the victim and their family, imagine getting that notification form the sheriff’s office, ‘Hey we need to protect you,’ ” Nocco told reporters on Friday. “This individual may have thought it was funny, maybe thought they were committing a joke. This is not a joke.”