MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – A 14-year-old boy is in custody after police said the teen posted threats on social media that he would commit a mass shooting at a Publix supermarket.
The Boynton Beach Police Department said they learned of the threat Monday afternoon after being contacted by an employee of Publix Super Markets. The post was made on the chain’s corporate Instagram page.READ MORE: Dolphins Come Through With Dominating Performance, Blowing Out Panthers 33-10
In his post, the teen wrote that he was “gonna commit a mass shooting” at the Publix store in Boynton Beach.
Authorities were able to track down the owner of the account that appeared to have originated the post. When they arrived at the boy’s home, the teenager admitted to making the post but told investigators that he meant it as a joke.READ MORE: CBS4’s Mike Cugno Catches Up With Nat Moore Trophy Finalists QB Zion Turner & DE Marvin Jones Jr.
Police were not amused and took him into custody Monday night for making written threats to kill or conduct an act of terrorism.
Police urge parents to advise their children about the severity of making such threats.
Police said that Facebook, which owns Instagram, helped authorities confirm the identity of the boy, whose identity was not released.MORE NEWS: ‘I Have Goose Bumps’: Zoo Miami's Ron Magil On 'Rita' Laying 2nd Egg On Live Bald Eagle Cam
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