A teen was arrested Thursday after threatening a “Round 2” of the massacre in a Florida high school that killed 17 people.
The threat that the teen made was posted on Snapchat, where he uploaded a photo of himself wearing a partial mask and holding an assault rifle. The photo included a caption that read, “Round 2 of Florida tomorrow.” The teen has been arrested and was charged with disturbing schools and is now awaiting arraignment.
The post was made by a ninth-grader from Spartanburg South Carolina just one day after the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a 19-year-old gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle opened fire on the school, killing 17 people.
School officials at Broome High School were alerted to the threatening Snapchat post by the unidentified teen’s classmate. Police were able to identify the teen and visit his home. At his home the mask featured in the photo, as well as the rifle, which turned out to be a pellet gun. The teenager told authorities that the post was meant to be a joke.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office released a statement saying it has investigated the source of the post, which has been circulating in social media.
“Variations of the post have continued to be circulated over social media with captions added to warn people not to go to various schools throughout South Florida,” said the department. “The post being circulated are being monitored for any violations of law or threats to public safety. Should any violations of laws or threats to the public be found, the poster will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Authorities also warned the public of any would-be copycats, saying that any post that appears to be threatening in nature should be brought to the attention of law enforcement so they could be validated.