Student Arrested After Threatening 'Round 2 Of Florida'
A student from Broome High School in Spartanburg, South Carolina has been arrested after making a horrifying threat via social media, Fox reports.
A spokesperson for Spartanburg School District Three, Sherri Horton, has said that officials received an anonymous tip-off from a student on Thursday about a threat made on Snapchat.
She also explained that an investigation was then launched, before Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office arrested a Broome High School ninth grade student.
The message was sent in the wake of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday where charged gunman Nikolas Cruz gunned down 17 people. The incident has become the 18th school shooting in America in 2018 alone.
Deputies said that the post showed a young male wearing a partial mask, holding what looked like an assault rifle. The caption read, 'Round 2 of Florida tomorrow'.
They had been called to a home where a parent had reported the threat, after a child had shown him the Snapchat post.
The parent and the child were able to identify the student from the photo, and the deputies then went to the suspect's house, where the suspect said that the post was only a joke.
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"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," Lieutenant Kevin Bobo stated.
Bobo also said that the parents allowed police to search the home, where they tracked down both the mask and the gun. The weapon turned out to be a pellet gun.
The suspect was charged with disturbing schools and was transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice facility in Greenville, but the student's name will not be released due to age.
Senior Chris Murphy said that he'd seen the post but 'wouldn't expect anything like that to happen here', adding that it did scare him.
He added: "You don't really see too many people speak up these days. Seeing someone speak up like that before anything could happen, is really good on their part."
"The safety of our students and staff is of paramount importance," Horton said in a statement from the school district.
"In order to ensure the safety of every student, the District Three Administration and Board of Trustees are providing additional security at the school."
Superintendent Kenny Blackwood added: "The District would like to commend the student who came forward with information. It is this kind of courage to speak out that can and will prevent tragedies."
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