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Northwest Florida boy charged with threatening school shooting

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Posted at 6:35 PM, Feb 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-27 18:35:00-05

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - A 13-year-old Florida boy is facing felony charges after posting a picture of a rifle on Snapchat with the words, "I would kill people, I wanna shoot a school and round 2 of Florida."

According to an arrest report from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, the Pryor Middle School student posted a threat on Snapchat Feb. 19.

Deputies say the Snapchat post consisted of a picture of an M-4 rifle. "The picture did not have anybody in it but did have the words, 'I would kill people, I wanna shoot a school and round 2 of Florida,'" according to the report.

The report says the 13-year-old sent the post to another person who later reported it to deputies. 

When they spoke with the child, he admitted to making the post but said he was just trying to play a "joke" and didn't mean anything by it. 

He told deputies that he searched for an image of the M-4 rifle on Google and edited it with the threatening caption. The child told deputies that he didn't have anyone in mind when he made the post.

When asked who he sent the post to, he said he sent it to a group of people, so he didn't know how many people had seen it. 

Based on the investigation, the 13-year-old was charged with sending written threats to kill or injure, which is a felony charge.