HOLLYWOOD (CBSMiami) – A South Broward High student is accused of making an online threat to “shoot up” a school.
Hollywood police said on Sunday they were alerted to the threat by the school’s resource officer. The teen was also identified by South Broward’s school personnel.READ MORE: Attorney For Key Ally Of Venezuela Leader's Nicolas Maduro Called His Extradition To The US Illegal
According to police, the 15-year-old posted on Snapchat a picture of what appeared to be a gun in his hand and the caption “Abouta shoot up a school,” though he did not specify which school.
He reportedly sent the picture to a few of his friends. They, along with their parents, became concerned and notified the school which in return notified the resource officer.READ MORE: Haiti Gang With Past Abductions Blamed For Kidnapping Missionaries
When police questioned the teen, he reportedly admitted to making the threat but said it was a joke and wasn’t meant to be taken seriously. He also showed the officers the gun from the picture which turned out to be a plastic toy ‘cap’ gun.
The teen was taken into custody and charged with making written or electronic threats to kill, do bodily harm, or conduct a mass shooting.MORE NEWS: Miami Police Investigate Bomb Threat
Police urge parents to talk to their children about making such threats, even if they are meant as a joke because they will be taken seriously and charges will be filed.