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13-year-old boy charged for threatening post on social media

A Google Street View image of Forestbrook Middle School. (Source: Google) A Google Street View image of Forestbrook Middle School. (Source: Google)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A 13-year-old boy who is believed to have made threats to Forestbrook Middle School has been arrested and charged with disturbing schools, according to Lt. Raul Denis.

On Monday, a parent sent a screenshot of the threatening post on social media, and the school administration followed safety protocol on Monday, Horry County Schools Spokesperson Teal Britton said.

The post to Instagram was made on Sunday and asked the question: "How do you sneak a gun into school?" according to the police report. Responses to the post escalated to the point that several parents kept their children out of school out of fear that the person would shoot up the school, the report states. 

Police spent several hours investigating the incident, and a detective secured a search warrant for the Instagram account that made the post, the report states. At about 4:30 p.m. on Monday, detectives learned of the physical address of the boy who made the post, and found him outside the residence. Police had the boy call his parents, and tell his mother why the police where at the home. The mother assured police there were no weapons in the home, and her son did not have access to a weapon.

The threat is believed to have been a hoax that got out of hand, Lt. Denis added. The boy was counseled on the seriousness of his actions, and was released to his mother's custody. 

Police said there is no evidence that any other suspects were involved in the incident.

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