'We avert disaster': Florida high school shooting copy cats found, arrested

Aaron Brown
February 17, 2018

A SC high school student was arrested Thursday after posting a social media message warning of a repeat of Wednesday's school shooting in Florida.

School officials say a ninth grader has been arrested after threatening students and staff at Broome High School. Deputies said the student did not have access to any real weapons.

The student has been arrested and charged with disturbing schools, and was transported to the state's Department of Juvenile Justice.

Fearing that they might be dealing with a copycat killer, considering that the picture was posted just a day apart from the incident which claimed the lives of 17 Florida students, the authorities moved in and took the teen into custody.

Deputies descended on the home of the student, who told them the post was a joke.

Police said ahead of the shooting, alleged gunman Nikolas Cruz made a series of troubling posts on social media.

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"The safety of our students and staff is of paramount importance".

School officials also recognized the student who tipped off authorities about the threat.

Meanwhile, all high schools are to remain on high alert.

The police spokesman said that the Snapchat photo depicted a student in a mask with an assault rifle. Thank you again for those students that are acting quickly to report it- we wanted to share this information with you and reassure you that we are taking every measure possible to make sure our students are safe.

Detectives in Spartanburg were notified of the picture after a child who attends the school showed the post to a parent, WLOS reported.

Then on Friday (NZ Time) another young male sent a Snapchat showing him wearing a mask and holding what appears to be an assault rifle, along with the menacing message.

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