A Broome High School student was arrested after a threat was made via social media, a school district spokesperson said Thursday.
Spartanburg School District Three spokesperson Sherri Horton said officials received an anonymous tip from a student, on Thursday about a threat to the “safety of the students and staff of Broome High School.
The threat was made via Snapchat.
An investigation was launched and Horton said the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Broome High School ninth grade student.
Deputies said they were called to a home where a parent reported the threat after a child had shown him the Snapchat post. Deputies said the post showed a juvenile male wearing a partial mask holding an apparent assault rifle with the caption "Round 2 of Florida tomorrow."
The message was released after the massacre at a Florida high school killing 17 victims.
The parent and the child were able to identify the student in the photo and deputies said they then went to the suspect's house, where the suspect said the post was only a joke.
"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 stated.
Bobo said the parents allowed deputies to search the home and they located both the mask and the weapon, which turned out to be a pellet gun. Deputies said the suspect did not have access to any real firearms.
The suspect, whose name will not be released due to his age, was charged with disturbing schools and transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice facility in Greenville.
“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.”
"Yeah I saw it but I wouldn't really expect something like that to happen here," said Senior Chris Murphy, "It kind of scared me a little."
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.”
"You don't really see too many people speak up these days," said Murphy, "Seeing someone speak up like that before anything could happen, is really Good on their part."
Deputies said early Friday that images of the Snapchat post were going viral in Florida, prompting several calls from law enforcement agencies there.
"Apparently the incident here, specifically the Snapchat post with the wording of round 2 Florida tomorrow, has gone viral in that area, which is resulting in the sharing of misinformation at a rapid pace," Lt. Bobo stated.
Spartanburg County deputies said the Broome High School case was an isolated incident that was in no way connected with the tragedy in Florida.
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