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West Valley teen arrested for Snapchat post about shooting threat

(Facebook Photo/Buckeye AZ Police Department)

PHOENIX – A West Valley high school student wound up in police custody Tuesday for an online post he considered a joke but was perceived as a threat, authorities said.

The 15-year-old allegedly posted a photo to Snapchat of what appeared to be a Buckeye Union High School student getting arrested, according to a Buckeye Police Department press release.

A caption said the student in the photo brought a rifle to school and intended to shoot all the teachers. The post also said school was canceled for the day.

The school’s resource officer learned that the photo was actually of a mock arrest that was part of a law and legal class during a lesson on arrest procedures.

Multiple students identified the suspect accused of making the post. When questioned by the school resource officer, the suspect said it was done as a joke, the release said.

Police arrested the teen and referred him for misdemeanor charges.

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