15-year-old boy was arrested after Instagramming Eminem Columbine-related lyrics.
Police arrested a 15-year-old boy in Fresno, California on Monday after he posted a photo on Instagram that shared lyrics from Eminem’s song “I’m Back” with a reference to the 1999 Columbine High School shooting.
According to reports, San Joaquin Memorial high School officials notified police of the sophmore’s post that read, “I take seven kids from Columbine, stand em all in a line, add an AK-47, a revolver, a nine, a MAC-11 and it oughta solve the problem of mine. And thats a whole school of bullies shot up all at one time. Im just like Shady and just as crazy as the world was over this whole Y2K thing.”
Due to the “alleged” Instagram threat, Tuesday classes were cancelled at local schools.
The Instagram post led to the student’s arrest on charges of making terrorist threats, which is a felony and disrupting school activity, according to The Fresno Bee. Police also initiated an investigation of the boy’s home, where they found several guns, ammunition and a bulletproof vest.
At a press conference, Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer said investigators have every reason to believe that there was potential for a threat to be carried out,” referencing the boy’s “socially awkward,” “loner” characteristics.
“These are really all of the things we look for in individuals that historically have been involved in incidents like Columbine,” he added. “So were very fortunate that this was brought to our attention.”
The child is currently in juvenile detention center and the student’s family lawyer is claiming the account was hacked.