In it, the student quotes lyrics from an Eminem song, “I’m Back”, that references the tragic 1999 Columbine shooting. Officials from San Joaquin High School notified police when they were alerted of the Instagram post, and classes at the school were then canceled on Tuesday for precautionary reasons.
The alarming content led to the student’s arrest on charges of making terrorist threats – a felony – and for disrupting school activity, according to The Fresno Bee. The student is now being held in juvenile detention, while his family claims that his Instagram page was hacked.
Social media users love to post lyrics to their favorite songs.
Investigators are looking into that as well as claims that the boy had been bullied at school for some time.
Authorities said the boy wrote the lyrics nearly exactly the same as the Eminem original, but changed up a line to say “I’m just like Shady”, rather than “I’m Shady”.
Initially, the police thought that the teen’s longer Instagram post used words that the teen made up himself.
“These are really all of the things we look for in individuals that historically have been involved in incidents like Columbine”, Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer said at a press conference Tuesday.
Law enforcement obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s home and found multiple firearms, ammunition and a bulletproof vest. They also confiscated the student’s phone and iPad. The student and his father said they were unaware of the guns, which were unregistered.
The student’s father could also be in hot water.
Detectives questioned the teen who responded to the Instagram post on Wednesday, according to the Fresno Bee. He now has a restraining order filed against him where he’s not allowed to possess firearms, and could face the charge of negligent storage of the guns. Though he now attends a school outside of Fresno County, he was a student at San Joaquin Memorial High School previous year.