A 16-year-old Glen Burnie boy was arrested in a single day after threatening on social media to commit a taking pictures at Northeast High School in Pasadena on Monday, Anne Arundel County police and college officers stated.
The Snapchat photograph confirmed a hand holding the ammunition journal of a gun with the caption “Shooting up Northeast tomorrow” and a racial epithet, police confirmed. The boy claimed it was “a bad joke,” police stated.
His title was not launched, and is being held pending costs. He has no affiliation with the varsity, police stated.
The boy posted the photograph about 10:30 p.m. and deleted it moments later, police stated. But a screengrab shortly circulated, setting off a late-night scramble by dad and mom, police and college officers to establish the one who posted it, on the identical day a person killed 26 individuals and injured one other 20 in a mbad taking pictures at a church in a small city in Texas, Anne Arundel County Schools spokesman Bob Mosier stated Monday.
“I continue to be astounded that anyone could think that anything like this, in the society in which we live at this point, is an acceptable joke,” Mosier stated. “Combined with what happened yesterday with the tragedy in Texas, you can’t blame parents for being afraid.”
Northeast High faces no menace, and police don’t have any purpose to imagine there’s any hazard to the varsity, college students or staff, Anne Arundel County Police stated. Still, law enforcement officials had been posted on the college Monday to offer “a visible presence,” the division stated.
Northeast High Principal Jason Williams despatched out an e mail replace to oldsters about 1 a.m. “to give them as much information as we had at that point,” then despatched a second someday round 6 a.m. with additional particulars, Mosier stated.
The investigation was difficult by the truth that the boy who posted the menace used one other teenager’s photograph — with the opposite teen’s title nonetheless included within the publish, police stated. Police confirmed that the title on the photograph circulating Monday was not the title of the boy liable for the menace.
“Somebody else posted it, and he tagged on his comments,” police spokesman Marc Limansky stated.
The photograph of the gun journal was initially posted to Snapchat with none textual content from a visit to Western Maryland, the place the boy who took the photograph was goal taking pictures along with his father, stated the daddy, who requested anonymity for himself and his son out of concern for his son’s security. Their household has hunted responsibly for generations, he stated.
“Within minutes, the other boy screenshotted it and added the text,” the daddy stated.
When the boy who made the preliminary publish noticed his photograph re-posted with the menace added to it, he confirmed it to his father and instantly known as the opposite boy to demand he take it down, his father stated.
By then, it was too late. Others shortly screen-grabbed the suspect’s menace, and the boy who initially shared the photograph started getting threats from individuals baduming he’d posted the menace. Late Sunday night time, the boy who initially posted the photograph bought a go to from police, his father stated.
“The worst part of this for me is my son is feeling the fallout of it for doing nothing more than taking a picture while we were target shooting,” he stated. “I saw this picture. My son added no text, no threats.”
The dad and mom of the boy who first posted the photograph stored him residence from college Monday out of concern for his security.
Mosier praised the Police Department’s fast response, saying it took authorities solely about two hours to establish the proper suspect and take him into custody.
“When your first information is 10:30 at night, that’s incredible work,” he stated. “Very thankfully someone didn’t think it was too late to alert us.”
Parents ought to have conversations with their kids about applicable conduct on social media, Limansky stated.
“While the initial intent may be as a joke or prank, they’re not perceived as such by the public and by the school community,” he stated. “This is not funny at all. It’s not a joking matter. It disrupts school activities, it creates anxiety, it puts people in fear.”