A 17 year old Southern Lee High School student was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly sharing what authorities deemed a threat against the school on social media, Lee County Sheriff Tracy Carter has confirmed.
The student, whose name has not been made public because he is a juvenile under state law, was charged with communicating a mass threat, Carter told The Rant Wednesday night.
A screenshot of the post obtained by The Rant shows two handguns and a variety of messages including “Be safe y’all,” “Don’t come to school tomorrow,” and “Ima let yall know n***** posting this on (Facebook) stay safe bro” among others. Because the screenshot received by The Rant appears to have been re-shared multiple times on the social media platform Snapchat, deciphering who wrote what is difficult. The Rant has edited the photo to obscure some offensive language.
According to Carter, deputies with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office investigated the situation on Tuesday and found no evidence that the student was actually planning to carry out any action against the school or any fellow students. He said his office took the situation seriously regardless.
“I hope parents will have conversations with their kids about putting stuff on social media, because if we see something like that, even at 3 in the morning, we’re coming to get you,” Carter said.
Carter said deputies didn’t locate any weapons when the 17-year-old was arrested at his home. The detention status of the suspect was unknown Wednesday evening.