Union County, Fla. (WCJB) - The Union County Sheriff's Office has announced that they have arrested three Union County High School students after they posted a threatening message to the social media app Snapchat.
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According to deputies the message was posted Thursday evening, May 9, and read "Get ready for Columbine part 2."
The students, 18-year-old Noah Reed, 18-year-old Amy Bechtel, and a 17-year-old male, all of Lake Butler, were arrested after a brief investigation.
Deputies say the next day, Friday, May 10, would be the last day for Seniors attending the high school, adding additional context for the threat.
All three are charged under Florida Statute 836.10 “Written threats to kill, do bodily injury, or conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism”, which is a 2nd degree felony.
Reed and Bechtel were taken to the Union County Jail and the 17-year-old was sent to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Gainesville.
Sheriff Brad Whitehead says about this case, “We live in a day an age where ALL threats of violence against our children and schools must be taken very seriously. We have increased law enforcement presences in and around the schools today for everyone’s safety. We believe there are no current threats of harm on our schools.”