After the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, sick teens across the country have began to make jokes as they post on social media with the caption “Florida round 2 tomorrow” like this is all a fun game.
Well, their ill-conceived attempt at fame is resulting more in infamy since it’s illegal to make a threat like this against a school, regardless if it has any merit.
But on campuses across the country, a palpable uneasiness descended on faculty, staff and students, who struggled with news out of Parkland, Fla., where police say Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15 and opened fire.
Adding to the anxiety: The spread of copycat threats on Snapchat and other social networks, where ominous messages proliferated.
Though most appeared to be hoaxes, administrators, police and school resources officers were on high alert, looking out — warily — for students motivated to threaten or engage in similar behavior.
A student at Broome High School in Spartanburg, S.C. posted a photo of himself to SnapChat wearing a partial mask, holding what appears to be an assault rifle with the phrase “Round 2 of Florida Tomorrow”. The picture can be seen at the top of this post.
Authorities told the station that a parent of another child had reported the threat and helped deputies identify the student in the photo.
When confronted by deputies, the student in the Snapchat photo said he’d posted it in jest.
“After informing the suspect and his parents of the law violation, the suspect stated his Snapchat post was just intended as a joke, and that he didn’t have any serious intentions,” Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Bobo told WHNS.
Spartansburg County School District 3 officials weren’t taking any chances, saying in a statement that they were providing additional security at the school.
“The safety of our students and staff is of paramount importance,” the district’s statement said.
The Snapchat post spread well beyond South Carolina; the Broward Sheriff’s Office, in the Florida county where the deadly Parkland shooting took place, said late Thursday that “variations of the post have continued to be circulated over social media with captions added to warn people not to go to various schools throughout South Florida.”
What in the world can possibly make these kids think this is OK or even close to funny?