DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office arrests teen after school threat posted to social media

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The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a threat of violence at a school and has since arrested a suspect.

According to social media posts made, a “school shooting” was referenced DCSO said. The sheriff’s office says it is working closely with the FBI to confirm the validity of these threats of violence. The sheriff’s office says the post appears to have originated on Snapchat.

DCSO has since determined that the threat originated from out-of-state and was not specific to schools in DeSoto County. The 13-year-old suspect altered the threat and share it in DeSoto County.

During this ongoing investigation, DeSoto County Sheriff’s deputies have been made aware of several reposts and shares of the original posts containing threats of violence.

This threat caused parents, students and school staff very much stress.

The teen was arrested on Monday morning and could face a felony charge of intimidation, sending a written threat to conduct a mass shooting.

DCSO encourages parents to closely monitor their children’s social media. They also want to remind kids and teens that any reposting or sharing of posts referring to an act of violence is a crime.

If you have information in regards to school violence, contact the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office at 863-993-4700.

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