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16-year-old Okeechobee HS student arrested after social media post appears to show gun in classroom, authorities say

School district officials say image of weapon was Photoshopped, no students or faculty in danger
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Posted at 9:41 AM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 17:31:49-04

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, Fla. — A 16-year-old student at Okeechobee High School is under arrest for making terroristic threats after authorities say he posted a photo on social media on Friday that appeared to show a gun inside a classroom.

School officials said that around 8:30 a.m., they were alerted to a social media post that showed a student in class with what appeared to be a gun in the student’s lap.

The school and Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office investigated, and by 8:41 a.m., the student was identified, searched, and questioned.

School officials said the post showed an actual photo of a classroom with a hand holding a pistol Photoshopped onto the student’s lap.

At no time was there a weapon on campus, and no students or faculty were ever in danger, officials said.

The sheriff's office said the teen was arrested for making terroristic threats, a third-degree felony.

If you have any additional information about this incident, you're asked to call Lt. Chris Hans at 863-763-3117.

The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office reminds students and parents to report and suspicious activity right away through the free Fortify Florida app.