A South Carolina high school student was arrested Thursday after he threatened a “round 2” of the Florida school shooting over Snapchat.
The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office arrested a ninth grader at Broome High School after he reportedly posted a Snapchat picture of himself holding what looked to be an assault rifle and a partial mask, adding the caption “Round 2 of Florida tomorrow,” reports Fox Carolina.
The ninth grader was arrested for disrupting his school and is currently at a Greenville Department of Justice facility.
Authorities were alerted to the photo after the school got a tip that a child had showed the photo to a parent. Both were able to identify the student in 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 said in a statement, adding that it turned out the student had been holding a pellet gun and wearing a ski mask.
“The safety of our students and staff is of paramount importance,” school district spokeswoman Sherri Horton said in a statement. “In order to ensure the safety of every student, the District Three Administration and Board of Trustees are providing additional security at the school.”
A Florida high school experienced a mass shooting Wednesday when suspect Nikolas Cruz opened fire at the Parkland school, killing 17 people and injuring several more.
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