A North Texas 13-year-old has been arrested after police say he told friends on Snapchat "don't come to school tomorrow" and "I have something big planned," then sent one a photo of himself holding what looked like a machine gun.
The eighth-grader at Anna Middle School in Anna, a small town 11 miles north of McKinney, told police he was only joking, police say. He's accused of making a terroristic threat against his school.
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Police say the boy sent messages to his friends saying "don't come to school tomorrow" and "I have something big planned," and when one of them asked if he were "for real," he replied with a picture of himself holding a gun.
Police said they later found an airsoft gun they think was the gun in the photo in the boy's home.
"The suspect advised that he was 'not crazy' and he would not 'shoot up the school,'" Anna police Lt. Jeff A. Caponera said in a news release. "He said the whole thing was meant as a joke."
Police arrested the boy at his home and took him to the Collin County Juvenile Detention Center, where he awaits a hearing.
Classes continued as usual Friday at Anna Middle School, officials said.
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