MILTON, Wis. (WMTV)-- Police investigated a private message on Snapchat after someone reported seeing a 15-year-old holding a pistol with a caption stating, “Don’t go to school”.
Chief Scott Marquardt of the City of Milton Police Department said police received information from a resident on Friday just before 7 a.m. regarding a potential threat to Milton High School. The person showed police a Snapchat screen shot of the message.
Marquardt said police notified the Milton School District of the report and began looking for the student. The student was found in the City of Janesville around 7:30 a.m. and was taken into custody by the Janesville Police Department.
Marquardt while said the 15-year-old Milton High School student was being interviewed by an officer, the juvenile admitted to filming a very short Snapchat video on Thursday night, holding a realistic looking pellet gun. The juvenile said they posted the video in a Snapchat private group of friends. The juvenile states that the, “don’t go to school” text was never added before posting the video. The student said the video of the pellet gun was not posted as any kind of threat, and the juvenile had no intentions of any violence or harm. After further investigation, the juvenile’s story was confirmed.
Marquardt said investigators learned that a different 15-year-old juvenile who was a member of the original private chat took a screen shot from the video. The second teen then added the “don’t go to school” caption to the screen shot. The second teen posted the altered photo to a different Snapchat private group of friends. When this student was interviewed, the student admitted doing this stating that it was intended to be a joke amongst the small group of friends in the private chat. The private chat group revealed that some of them also took it as a joke. They believed that the pistol was a pellet gun.
The first teenager faces no charges or school sanctions for this incident. Once all reports have been completed and reviewed, an evaluation for charges and school discipline for the second teenager will take place. The teenager is not in custody and was released to a parent.