After the Parkland, Florida school shootings, security is being tightened everywhere. In a new revelation, a Hawaii teen was arrested after posting some threatening words about shooting up a local school on social media. The 17-year-old was taken into custody for terroristic threats.
Social media threats are becoming more and more common these days, and they are not being tolerated. In Hawaii, a teen recently made remarks similar to those in the Parkland, Florida school shooting case, where the gunman had previously posted threats about shooting up schools.
One can never be too careful now, especially after the number of mass murder incidents happening in schools across the United States.
Recently, a Jefferson County teen threatened violence at school in a social media post.
A former Dakota Ridge School student sent a picture of himself to his friend. The friend, a current student at Dakota Ridge, then posted it on social media with the caption: “…The time has come. Don’t come to school tomorrow if you want to live.”
The teen later said it was meant as a joke, after several calls flooded the police department about tightening security at Dakota Ridge School.
The teen is reportedly facing charges of harassment and interference with school operations. Although no particular school was mentioned in the post, because one of the teens was a current Dakota Ridge student, panic spread like wildfire.
In another state, a 17-year-old’s social media post got him arrested and charged with second-degree terroristic threats.
Though he was released to his parents after not having enough to detain him, authorities are now taking stringent methods of securing people in and around school areas.
Major Robert Wagner of the Hawaii Police Department revealed that officials received a call around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 20, about a social media post by a male teen.
In the post, the teen made references to “shooting up local schools.” The post did not speak of a specific school or what the intention was, but the authorities did find out that the teen went to Konawaena High School.
He was taken into custody at 7:00 p.m. that same day by Ka’u police officers.
Principal Shawn Suzuki of Konawaena High School has yet to come out with a statement. Whether they decide to expel the teenager or not is still a question.
Additionally, there was a case where a juvenile made references to bringing a gun to Pahoa High School. The police department has mentioned they will make sure security is tighter on the school premises.
Police will be present on February 21, 2018, at Pahoa High School to keep a watchful eye out.