Student arrested after looking for murderer-for-hire on Instagram.

Student arrested after looking for murderer-for-hire on Instagram.

A Florida teenager was arrested for allegedly looking for murderer-for-hire via Instagram.

18-year old Nicholas Godfrey went on the social media platform to try and find someone to murder a school staff member.

‘I need him eliminated’ are the words Godfrey wrote on on Instagram before detectives tracked him down through an IP address.

Godfrey allegedly writing, “I need a guy who can kill someone..” And adding he could pay $100,000 to carry it out. Then, “No joke, I need him eliminated as soon possible.”


"You've threatened a member of the school district who's out there trying to do their job to educate children to be part of that process. We're going to come hunt you down. We will track you down and the very sad part, this whole situation is that when the investigators and the type of things got there, the parents were shocked because they had no idea," said Sheriff Chris Nocco with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

On Friday, parents at Fivay High School in Pasco County, Florida received this message on behalf of Principal Jason Joens, "I'm calling to let you know that one of our students was arrested last night for solicitation for murder."

According to the affidavit, a search warrant was issued for the Instagram account and the account was traced to the student.

While police say Godfrey, confessed when questioned, they say he told investigators the messages were meant as a joke.

"He did not have any clear direction or plan as to follow through with this," said Pasco County Sheriff's Detective David Dacey.