Less than a day after police say 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire at his former high school in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people and injuring others, South Carolina police have arrested another high schooler for making a copycat threat.
According to NBC affiliate WSPA, a ninth grader at Broome High School in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, made a threat to initiate “Round 2 of Florida tomorrow” on Snapchat on Wednesday.
The Snapchat post featured the student wearing a mask and holding what appeared to be an assault rifle but was later determined by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office to be an airsoft rifle. After authorities were notified of the post by the parent of another student, they came to the student’s house, but were told by the student that he was “joking.”
The student has been arrested and charged with disturbing schools, and was transported to the state’s Department of Juvenile Justice. He will likely have a hearing on Friday, WSPA reported.
Several other “copycat” threats have been made in the wake of the Parkland shooting, the New York Daily News