Joking about committing an act of violence is never funny, especially considering the recent string of gun-related tragedies. Unfortunately, that's exactly what one Arizona teen did via SnapChat - and ultimately it led to his arrest.
According to NBC News, an unnamed Arizona teen was arrested for posting a threat to SnapChat. The incident occurred after a student named Kaylee in Colorado saw that the Arizona teenager posted a pic with the caption "planning the school shooting" on the social media app. Obviously, that didn't sit too well with Kaylee, who reported the SnapChat to her own school's resource center. When the police in Phoenix police arrested the the Arizona student who sent the snap, he admitted that he did write the caption, but that it was nothing more than a "prank." He was detained for creating a hoax, which is a felony.
The student who sent the SnapChat probably didn't think too much about the message that he was sending with the photo caption, but in today's world no one can take words like that as a joke. Kaylee did the right thing by reporting his scary picture, and I would implore anyone in the same situation to follow her lead. It's too risky to assume that things are jokes or that people are bluffing when they make violent threats. If you see something, speak out: it was a hoax this time, but you never know when it might not be.
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