A 14-year-old boy has been arrested for an Instagram post threatening to shoot up his Florida school on Monday — claiming he did it to get followers and “some laughs,” according to authorities.
Ian D’Amico allegedly posted a photo Sunday of four high-powered firearms sitting on a table and bench alongside the warning, “Don’t go to school tomorrow,” Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.
“THIS IS A JOKE. DO NOT REPORT (It’s not a joke),” he added to the post, according to the statement.
He was arrested at home in Clearwater after an anonymous tip about the posting late Sunday. Deputies say they soon realized the teen did not own weapons of his own nor have access to any.
D’Amico then told deputies the stunt was designed “to get some laughs” — and that he wanted to gain more Instagram followers, the statement said.
He was charged him with written threats to kill, do bodily injury or conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism and taken to the Pinellas County Juvenile Assessment Center, the sheriff’s office said.
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