The story of a teenage boy “joking” about bringing a gun to school is one every student needs to hear.

As ABC News reports, a 15-year-old boy from Florida was arrested after he told people in an online video game chat room that he was going to bring “his father’s ‘M15’ assault rifle to school and kill seven people ‘at a minimum.’

At the time, the teen was allegedly using a fake name when sending the volatile message. Nonetheless, after the message was sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the tip was then forwarded to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, who tracked the teen down using the IP address.

The moment police officer arrived at the teen’s home was recorded by one of the officer’s body cams.

As the video shows, the officers were met by the boy’s mother. As ABC News reports, the mom said that there was an “old gun” inside their home, but that her son did not have access to the firearm.

The mom could be heard telling the officers that “these kids say stuff like that all the time. It is a joke to them. It’s a game.” The mother then can be heard getting emotional:

“He’s just a little boy, he didn’t do anything wrong. Yes, he’s 15 but he’s still a little boy, he’s not one of the crazy people out there doing stuff.”

After the officer responded by saying, “Well, he did what he did.” The mom added:

“Yeah, but he shouldn’t be treated as though he is a terrorist or something… I mean he’s not that person.”

The boy also admitted to making the comments, but assured the officers that “it was just a joke.” The boy was then arrested and now faces charges of threatening to discharge a destructive device—a felony charge in the state of Florida.

Shockingly, this isn’t the first time the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a student for threatening gun violence. According to Laura Williams, the sheriff’s spokeswoman, the department “arrested 18 students during the 2018-2019 school year for threatening to shoot up their school.”

Now, in a new statement, the sheriff’s office warned any other people out there who want to make “a joke” about taking a firearm to school and shooting people:

“Joke or not, these types of comments are felonies under the law. After the mass violence we’ve seen in Florida and across the country, law enforcement officers have a responsibility to investigate and charge those who choose to make these types of threatening statements.”

It’s so important for people to know that “if you hear or see something, say something.” It’s because of the people who speak up that these possible tragedies are prevented.

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7 Replies to “‘Yes, He’s 15 but He’s Still a Little Boy’: Teen Arrested for Making a ‘Joke’ About School Shootings”

  • Ruth 1 year ago

    He is 15 and with all shooting should know better. He cost the tax payers money for a dumb joke

  • Linda Dixson 1 year ago

    No! He is not a “little” boy and his parents need to accept that. He needs to take responsibility for his actions. This is just not something you joke about. Perhaps the parents need to accept the responsibility as well.

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    Yes he may 15 but it’s remarks just like the one he made was NOT taken serious by the mass shooters that have taken innocent LIVES…HE KNEW better. This is NOT funny YOUNG man…

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    15 year old “little boys” do shoot up their schoos. It’s not a joke to the dead kids & their parents. That mother is coddling her son by making excuses for him like she did. She’ll turn him into a target for the bullies if she doesn’t watch it. And that could end bad.

  • Chris 1 year ago

    Yup, first the “n” word, now this. We don’t have to VOTE socialism into office….the police will put it, along with themselves into power. I understand about the seroiusness of the whole thing, but a felony?

  • Donna 1 year ago

    At age 15 they should know from right n wrong. All schools should inform the students . Bullying, violence, threats. Gun shootings. Will not be tolerated. Parents need to inform their children of the consequences. Of this kind of behavior. I believe Bullying is the start of most tragedies. I have seen teacherbully students parents abuse n neglect. These children beco.e suicidal or a gered to the point of killing.

  • David wiles 1 year ago

    Everything starts as a dirty little thought in your head in the form of a daydream or joke. This last month has seen enough violence I wish those caught red handed could be beheaded on live tv by our president as he or she states that Americans will not negotiate with terrorists domestic or foreign why waste money each year on this senselessness . Guantanamo isn’t free a machete is quite a deterrent and u can pick one up at Walmart for 10 to fifteen dls.

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