BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Baltimore County high school student sparks fear over vague threats posted to social media. The images also caught the attention of police and the school district and are now part of an ongoing investigation.
Police tell WJZ this all unfolded over the weekend after being tipped off to images of a Loch Raven High School student posting photos of himself with a gun and threatening messages to a popular social media app.
There are two images that were sent to police and are described by many as disturbing and cause for concern. Investigators say the pictures captured from the social media app Snapchat show an unidentified Loch Raven High School student posing with a gun with the captions “You think it’s a game,” the other “Y’all think I’m joking.”
An investigation into the vague threats quickly leading police to the teens home.
“He said that he posted the picture to Snapchat because he felt that he was being bullied at school and he wanted to make some sort of threat to those that were bullying them only in an effort to get them to stop bullying him,” says spokesperson Jennifer Peach with Baltimore County Police.
Those that know the teen tell WJZ they are in disbelief.
“That was my friend so I’m kinda in shock that he did that,” says one student.
At least one student tells WJZ the teen was in class today, if only for a short while.
“I feel a lot of people didn’t think he was serious about it but then they just started getting scared he wasn’t joking and he actually was there and might follow through with the threat.”
Police stress no gun was ever brought to the school. Parents tell WJZ they were notified about the incident by the school via a phone call.
“Anything like this somebody says something about killing somebody at school is a situation you should take seriously.”
Authorities say they did find two guns at the teens home including the one used in the photos and they both were confiscated.
Police say the teen has not been arrested, it’s unclear whether or not he will be charged with any crime. The school district has only said they are and will continue working with police as they investigate.
Police are also looking into allegations of a so-called “Kill list” written by the teen.