Dylann Roof committed one of the worst racially motivated shootings in the history of the United States. Now, his sister has been arrested after a racially charged Snapchat message led to officials finding a knife, pepper spray, and pot in her locker.
Is Morgan Roof just like her brother? Or is there more going on than being widely reported? Here is a quick look at the entire situation.
A Snapchat Message Goes Viral
Just before students across the United States walked out of class to remember the students and school officials lost in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, as well as to change gun laws in the United States, Morgan Roof decided to express her views on Snapchat which then went viral.
In her Snapchat message, Roof allegedly made the following statement:
“Your walking out for the allowed time of 17min, they are letting you do this, nothing is gonna change what tf you think it’s gonna do? I hope it’s a trap and y’all get shot we know it’s fixing to be nothing but black people walkin out anyway. No offense ofc buuut. [sic]”
A Knife, Pepper Spray, and Some Marijuana
School officials were notified that Roof may have weapons in her locker. When it was searched, a knife, pepper spray, and an amount of marijuana were found. All three items are prohibited by the school.
Roof was charged with simple possession of marijuana and two counts of carrying weapons on school grounds. School officials and police have not said if the search had any connection to the Snapchat message.
Heightened Sense for Security Concerns
Since the latest mass shooting in Florida, many schools in the United States are on high alert when it comes to potential threats. A.C. Flora High School, where Roof attends, is no different.
In fact, Roof’s was just one of the incidents that occurred this week at A.C. Flora High School. Two other students were caught and arrested for bringing an unloaded Smith and Wesson .380 handgun, and a loaded ammunition magazine to the school on Tuesday.
Was This a Tragedy Stopped?
With the language used in the Snapchat message and the weapons found in her locker, one may wonder if a potential tragedy was stopped.
Principal Susan Childs wrote a letter to students and family members of A.C. Flora High School about the recent incidents. In the letter, Childs wrote:
“I realize that rumors and the tragic school shootings in Florida are events that can cause anxiety for our students, parents, faculty, and the community. Be assured that the safety of our students will always be our top priority. We must continue to work together to maintain a safe and positive learning environment.”
As for Morgan Roof. Her intentions, or view, on the incident has not been made public. Chris Slick, who was once neighbors with the Roof family, told The Post and Courier that:
“This is not the Morgan I knew. She didn’t hate people. She didn’t have prejudices like this — in fact, I witnessed the opposite. I hope that one day, one day she finds peace and seeks forgiveness for what she did today. I cannot say I wish the same for her brother.”