15-Year-Old Boy Arrested After Instagramming Columbine-Related Eminem Lyrics
Police also initiated an investigation of the boy's home, where they found several guns, ammunition and a bulletproof vest.
Police arrested a 15-year-old boy in Fresno, Calif., on Monday after he posted a photo on Instagram that included lyrics from Eminem's song "I'm Back" that reference the 1999 Columbine High School shooting.
San Joaquin Memorial High School officials notified police of the sophomore'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 that’s a whole school of bullies shot up all at one time. I’m 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 canceled at San Joaquin Memorial, as well as at St. Anthony's Catholic School, where the boy previously attended elementary school.
The post's alarming content led to the student's arrest on charges of making terrorist threats — a felony — and of 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 we’re very fortunate that this was brought to our attention."
Although the student's family's lawyer, Linden Lindahl, is claiming that the boy's account was hacked and he did not post the lyrics himself, he is currently in juvenile detention.
This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.