Wakulla County teen who made threat on Snapchat released from jail

Teen shows assault rifle on Snapchat, writes 'Don't go to school'
Posted at 4:08 PM, Feb 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-23 13:24:30-05

WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Charges have been dropped against the 18-year-old who admitted to posting a Snapchat video threatening Wakulla County Schools with an assault rifle. 

On Friday, Wakulla resident, Kane Watson, made his first appearance in court following his arrest on Feb. 19 for intent to use a firearm in a violent manner and written threats to kill or cause harm.

Watson sent a video to his friends on Snapchat of him loading an assault rifle with the caption saying "Don't go to school."

Law enforcement was swift in arresting Watson because the rifle in the video was similar to the one the Parkland shooting suspect used. The State Attorneys Office was not able to build a case against him.

"If someone has made a false report concerning the use of firearms, that either has already occurred or is currently occurring," said Brian Miller, Assistant State Attorney. "The statute does not cover someone making a false report concerning the use of firearms in the future."

Meaning, Watson never threatened or said he intended to use the firearm against any person.

Under Florida statues, all charged for the use of a firearm in a violent manner against another person were dropped against Watson. He has since been released from jail.