Charlotte Middle School Student Arrested After Threatening To “Shoot Up” School on Instagram

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Last night CMPD arrested a 13-year-old boy after threatening a school shooting at Coulwood Middle School, according to police.

“The threat originated on Instagram, and contained a photograph of a firearm with a caption that indicated that a shooting would take place on Thursday,” officials said.

Police were first tipped off when a parent posted an image of the threat on social media and it began to spread (the post has since been taken down).

Last night Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police searched the home of the student and found no firearms. The teen told police that the post was just a joke.

“It appears that the student simply obtained a photograph of a firearm online but does not actually possess a gun,” CMPD commented.

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