Student accused of making gun threat against Dwyer High School

(File photo: Dwyer High School after lockdown, April 2017)

A 17-year-old is facing criminal charges for making a gun threat against Dwyer High School, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators received a tip about a student posting videos and photos of himself with a gun on social media, some snapped in a school parking lot. The teen threatened to do a shooting at Dwyer.

The sheriff's office searched the teen's home and recovered a firearm from the photos and videos.

The boy confessed to making the threats, but claimed to be kidding, according to the sheriff's office. He also confessed to being in possession of a stolen gun.

The student is now being held at a juvenile detention center. He's facing charges of possession of a weapon on school property, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a two-way communication device, and false report concerning planting a bomb, an explosive, or weapon of mass destruction, or concerning the use of firearms in a violent manner.

Authorities are encouraging students and staff, in an effort to reduce violence in schools, to see something, say something. The sheriff's office and school district teamed up to develop a new safety app called Student Protect. The goal is to report an issue before it turns into a tragedy, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said. The app can be downloaded here.

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