A 15-year-old girl was arrested after allegedly making shooting threats against a high school morning via social media.
With the help of Snapchat, the FBI came across the threat and alerted the Fresno Police Department.
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said in a conference that the girl allegedly posted a photo of a case filled with rifles at Walmart on social media with threats against the school, which reads: “Don’t come to school tomorrow!!!”
The unnamed minor attended two schools: Edison High School in southwest Fresno in the afternoon and The Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART) in Clovis in the morning.
Detailing how the FBI tracked down the Fresno Unified student while in class, Dyer said that it was Snapchat that alerted authorities to the post and the background photo of her post had a number of guns.
The message of the post was accompanied by a string of sad and angry emojis.
Following a tip from Snapchat to the FBI found the threat originated in the 700 blocks of East Samson Avenue.
Fresno police say the aunt of the teenager was aware of the post and was disturbed by it. However, she did not alert the authorities.
The teenage girl, who was not named was arrested and booked into Fresno’s juvenile hall. She is facing a terrorist threat charge, Dyer says.
As per reports, the girl “highly intelligent student” and had a “bright future, but unfortunately, she has potentially ruined her future.”
Although the girl admitted to the post but was not able to convince the officers, as to why that post was made.
In her justification, the girl told police that Snapchat requires a certain amount of posts to continue using the app, which is why she decided to make that post.
Mentioning the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Ohio, Dyer said, “We take these matters very, very seriously in our community, as do law enforcement agencies and school officials across this country as a result of some of the incidents that we have seen with mass shootings.”