On Tuesday, police arrested a former student at Roseville High School in California under the suspicion that the 16-year-old had created an Instagram account threatening violence against the school. In a statement shared with MTV News, Roseville Police said that the account, allegedly called “Coming4uRHS,” included "widely available photos of guns and other images from the Internet."
According to Fox 40, "A picture was posted to the Instagram account Monday evening that showed several guns with the caption: 'Which one should I use?? #RHS.'"
Police said that after many rumors and phone calls from concerned parents, the former student was taken Placer County Juvenile Hall. His identity has yet to be released.
While school violence has plagued the U.S. for decades, its convergence with social media is a more recent phenomenon. In May of 2014, a student in Edmond, Oklahoma was arrested for posting threatening messages on Twitter that said he was going to "shoot up" his high school. In August of this year, a 14-year-old was arrested in Florida for using Instagram to threaten violence at his school if someone didn't bring him a charger on the first day.
Update 9/24: In a statement shared with MTV News, Executive Director of Personnel Services for the Roseville Joint Union High School District Brad Basham wrote: "Yesterday (Sept 21), while walking in the hallway, a student overheard two other students talking about guns and shooting people. Unfortunately, this information was not immediately communicated to school authorities, but instead was shared with other students and posted on social media sites. Following a thorough investigation involving the Roseville Police Department and site administrators, we have determined the students were talking about the use of airsoft guns for recreational off campus activities. It is the belief of local law enforcement and school authorities that the picture of guns posted on social media was an unrelated and opportunistic attempt to cause additional fear."