Police: Shooting threat stemmed from bullying during walkout

School shooting
Posted at 10:38 PM, Mar 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-16 22:38:00-04

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - An 18-year-old Florida high school student who says he was bullied is accused of threatening a mass shooting in a Snapchat post.

Lakeland police say the teen was arrested Thursday after students told school resource officers he had posted a video Wednesday saying he would "commit manslaughter" Tuesday.

Lakeland police Sgt. Gary Gross told media the Lakeland High student participated in Wednesday's national school walkout calling for gun control in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting. In the video, the teen said six students made derogatory and homophobic remarks to him during the demonstration.

Gross says the teen didn't file a complaint.

Detectives didn't find any weapons at his home. The teen told police he didn't intend to execute the threats. He's been charged with transmitting a threat.