Buckeye Teen Arrested For Posting “Joke” Threat On Social Media

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The Buckeye Police Department have made an arrest in connection with a threat made online by a Buckeye Union High School.

According to Buckeye Police, on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, school officials received information about a post to the social media platform, Snapchat. The post showed a picture of what appeared to be a student being arrested. The post stated that the student was arrested by the Buckeye Police Department for bringing a rifle to school with the intent to shoot all the teachers. The post also indicated school was cancelled for today and asked that the post be shared.

The Buckeye Union High School Union School Resource Officer learned the photo was taken during a “mock” arrest as part of the school’s Law and Legal Class, which was discussing arrest procedures.

A number of students came forward with information on the student who posted the fictitious arrest. Once located, the student admitted to stealing the picture from another student’s social media and making up the story about the arrest. The poster told the SRO he did it as a joke.

Police arrested the 15-year-old student for posting the threat. He has been referred for misdemeanor charges.

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