He’s now claiming it was all a joke, but South Carolina authorities found nothing about the incident funny after a teen posted a disturbing image on Snapchat that insinuated an additional school shooting, only a day after Wednesday’s brutal massacre at a Parkland, Florida, high school that ended with seven people dead.
FOX News reports that the teen, whose name has not been identified, reportedly took a photo of himself while standing in front of a mirror holding what appeared to be an assault rifle, while wearing a partial mask. The suspect captioned the photo “Round 2 of Florida tomorrow” and posted it on Snapchat, according to authorities.
School officials at Broome High School in Spartanburg received an anonymous tip from another student’s parent about the photo, and promptly contacted authorities. According to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, deputies arrested a ninth grade male student at the school, in connection with the photo.
Officers arrived to the tipster’s house, where the parent and a fellow student were able to point out the teen suspect in a yearbook. When arrested, the teen claimed he wasn’t serious when posting the photo.
“After informing the suspect and his parents of the law violation, the suspect stated his Snapchat post was just intended as a joke, and that he didn’t have any serious intentions,” Lt. Kevin Bobo stated.
According to Bobo, the suspects parents allowed authorities to search their home, where they located the partial mask and weapon, which was actually a pellet gun. Authorities reported that the teen didn’t have any firearms in his possession.
The teen was charged with “disturbing schools ” and taken to a Greenville juvenile facility.
The Spartanburg School District Three issued a statement shortly after the incident, indicating that its school have no tolerance for anything that threatens the safety of students, whether a joke or not. Spokesperson for the district, Sherri Horton, said that the district would be providing additional security at Broome.
“The safety of our students and staff is of paramount importance. In order to ensure the safety of every student, the District Three Administration and Board of Trustees are providing additional security at the school.
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