BREAKING: BCSO, FBI Investigate ‘Reposted’ Local Shooting Threat, No Evidence Its Valid Threat
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // February 16, 2018
alleged threat directed at SpaceCoast Jr./Sr. High School
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA– The above Snapchat post has been shared throughout the country, which resulted in the arrest of a South Carolina teen earlier today (Thursday).
The ninth-grader wrote the menacing caption over a photo of someone wearing a partial mask and holding what appeared to be a similar weapon to the Active Shooter in South Florida.
Authorities were alerted to the disturbing threat when a classmate recognized the suspect in the Snapchat post and told a parent.
Law Enforcement subsequently located the mask and rifle, which turned out to be a pellet gun. The teen, whose name is being withheld, allegedly said he was joking in the post, which has been reported by numerous media organizations.
Subsequent investigation by our agency and other Law Enforcement agencies revealed that someone had taken the original threat and reposted it locally, identifying a specific Brevard County School.
Unfortunately, the post has now been reposted and shared countywide causing parents to be concerned about the validity of the post and threat.
Please know that our agency and the FBI are continuing to investigate the “reposted” threat, however, there is nothing to indicate that there is a valid threat to any of our schools.
In an abundance of caution and to reassure our parents and students our agency has directed an increased presence of Deputies at SpaceCoast Jr/Sr High School where the reposted threat was alleged to occur.
I want to reassure everyone that our agency is fully vetting this “reposted” threat and that our schools are in no way believed to be in harm’s way as a result of this isolated incident that originated in South Carolina.
I also want to personally thank everyone who has contacted our agency concerning this post!! We always tell our citizens “if they see something they should say something” and the contact we have had with our citizens regarding this post demonstrates that our message is being taken seriously.
This issue is a great example of what happens when Law Enforcement and citizens partner together to protect a community.
– Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff
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