After the death of 17 people at a school shooting in South Florida, you can never be too careful when it comes to threats of further violence.
A South Carolina teen was arrested Thursday after posting a masked photo of himself to Snapchat holding what looked like an assault rifle with the caption "Round 2 of Florida tomorrow," according to the New York Post. The teen, a student of Broome High School in Spartanburg County, was recognized by a classmate who then told their father about the post. The parent then notified authorities and cops rushed to the suspect's home.
After police arrived, it was discovered that the rifle was actually just a pellet gun. The teen insisted he was joking, but of course, school violence is no laughing matter. Lieutenant Kevin Bobo of the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office told Fox News, "After informing the suspect and his parents of the law violation, the suspect stated his post was just intended as a joke, and that he didn’t have any serious intentions."
By Thursday morning, school officials were notified and they took extra security measures to make sure the rest of the students were safe. This comes a day after Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old suspect in this Parkland high school shooting, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and wounding another 14.
The unnamed South Carolina teen is currently waiting for arraignment and was charged with school disturbance before being transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice facility in Greenville.