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Schools around the country are on high alert following the deadly high school shooting on Wednesday that killed 17 and left a Florida community in mourning.
Police authorities have been responding to “copycat threats” from individuals inspired by the killing spree from 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The heightened security comes as the nation is averaging one school shooting every 60 hours in 2018, according to data compiled by the gun control advocacy organization Everytown for Gun Safety.
Here is a list of threats that have been reported around the country:
— A South Carolina high school student was arrested Thursday after posting a Snapchat photo of himself with an assault rifle. The caption read, “Round 2 of Florida tomorrow,” local WSPA reports.
— Students at Edison and Sunnyside high schools in Fresno, California are going to class on Friday under tightened security after a photo of an assault rifle appeared on social media. The photo included a threat that warned students not to turn up to school, the Fresno Bee reports.
— Police in Ohio arrested a high school student who also made “a post on social media referring to the recent school shooting in Florida,” according to local police. The offending student was charged with a second-degree felony for inducing panic.
— A day after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy (and less than 10 miles away), police quickly responded to a false alarm at a Florida private school on Thursday. A teacher mistakenly thought she heard shots fired. An officer also accidentally shot himself while he was responding to the incident.
— A Maryland student was arrested and charged with bringing a loaded handgun to his high school. Alwin Chen was arrested with a 9mm handgun and a knife in his pocket, according to police reports.
— New Jersey’s Nutley Public School District will close all schools Friday following an Instagram video that raised some concern. Florida’s Gilchrist County School District made the same call after receiving an email threat on Thursday night.
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