Broome High School in Spartanburg, S. C.
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A South Carolina high school was arrested Thursday after allegedly posting “Florida Round 2″ on Snapchat– an apparent reference to Wednesday, the school schooting–but insisted that the post was just a joke.”
Officials said that the post, which was sent through Snapchat, showing a teen wearing a partial mask and holding what appeared to be an assault rifle. Under the picture was the caption “Round 2 of Florida tomorrow.”
Officials in Broome high School received an anonymous tip from a student about a possible threat, Spartanburg School District Three spokeswoman Sherri Horton said.
The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office arrested a ninth child at the school, according to Fox Carolina.
The teenager told the police that the threat was a “joke,” authorities said.
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The authorities were able to get the ID of the suspect after talking with the student who gave the tip, and the pupil’s parent, Fox Carolina reported. The police said that the suspect told them that it was a joke when she arrived at his house.
“After informing the accused and his parents, of the law on the violation of the defendant listed his Snapchat post was just meant as a joke, and that he had no serious intentions,” said Lt. Kevin Bobo of the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.
The arrest comes a day after a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school and had more than a dozen others injured.
The suspect, who was not identified because of his age, was charged with disturbing schools and was held at the Department of Juvenile Justice facility in Greenville, the station reported.
“The safety of our students and staff is of great importance,” Horton said. “To ensure the safety of every student, the District Three board and supervisory Board are providing additional security at the school.”
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