Deputies in Spartanburg, South Carolina say that a Broome High school freshman was arrested after he made a threat via Snapchat. The picture was taken in front of a mirror, with the student wearing all black and carrying what appears to be a machine gun with the caption, “Round Two of Florida tomorrow.” Because he is a minor, the student’s name has not yet been released.
The message comes just one day after a massacre in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead.
According to Live 5 News, the student will go before a judge next week who will make a determination from there. Live 5 News interviewed Chris Murphy, one of the seniors at Broome High, about the photo.
“Yeah, I mean, I seen it and, you know, I wouldn’t really expect that would happen somewhere like this. It kinda scared me a little.”
Investigators did discover that the weapon in the photo was an Airsoft gun. But his actions fit within a context of a growing epidemic.
One day before the Florida shooting, a grandmother in Washington foiled an attempted attack by calling 911 and giving the authorities a journal where her grandson, 18-year-old Joshua O’Connor, allegedly detailed plans to shoot students and use homemade explosives.
O’Connor was arrested on attempted murder charges, and his bail was set at $5 million.
Back in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Superintendent Kenny Blackwood praised the student that came forward with the Snapchat photo.
“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.”
The Broome High suspect claims that his post was a joke, but investigators did not take it that way. They have confirmed that this was an isolated incident, and has no connection with the Parkland, Florida shooting.
Image provided via screenshot (Live 5 News)