Threatening Snapchat post causes false alarm at UMass

The original Snapchat post was created by a 14-year-old in Charlotte, North Carolina.


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By Alvin Buyinza, Assistant News Editor

A recent Instagram post featuring a screenshot of a Snapchat story of someone threatening to “shoot up” Southwest Middle School in Charlotte, North Carolina has caused a false alarm at the University of Massachusetts, alerting students living in the Southwest Residential Area.

“UMPD has investigated an unfounded threat emanating from a social media post. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg (NC) School Police advises a juvenile has been arrested after making a threat against the Southwest Middle School in that jurisdiction,” Ed Blaguszewski, UMass spokesperson, said via email.

The original Snapchat post says, “I’m on this suicide shit and if imma die y’all dying wit me,Imma shoot up Southwest tmrw be ready.”

According to Fox 46 News, the Snapchat post was made by a 14-year-old student who was later arrested by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and charged with making false threats on social media to Southwest Middle School.

Despite the confusion, there were still UMass students afraid of the possible school shooting. Freshman Kennedy Hall resident Jordan Baracchini heard about the possible attack through a screenshot sent from his friend while he was playing video games in his dorm room.

“I guess I was worried, but I wasn’t too worried because there wasn’t anything going on over the intercom and there were no text messages from UMass,” he said.

At 6:50 p.m. on Thursday, students and staff received a text message from the University stating, “UMPD has investigated a threat referencing ‘Southwest’. This threat is unfounded. The threat was targeting Southwest Middle School, Charlotte, North Carolina.”

At 6:58 p.m. the University also sent out a crime alert to the campus repeating that the threat is unfounded.

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