When authorities arrived Friday to arrest a 15-year-old in Florida after threats to commit a school shooting showed up on a video game platform, he told them he was joking, they said.
“I Dalton Barnhart vow to bring my fathers m15 to school and kill 7 people at a minimum,” the boy wrote using a fake name. The teen is one of more than two dozen people who have been arrested over threats to commit mass shootings since 31 people were killed in one weekend this month in shootings in El Paso and Dayton.
The raft of cases follows a directive by the FBI director immediately after the two early August massacres for agency offices nationwide to conduct a new threat assessment in an effort to thwart more mass attacks. The FBI was concerned that US-based domestic violent extremists could become inspired by the attacks to “engage in similar acts of violence,” the agency said in a statement.
‘He’s Just A Little Boy’ cries mother of #Florida teen arrested for vowing to commit a mass shooting at his high school in Daytona Beach. And police release a video of the arrest.
Watch: https://t.co/9IZ8IkS2rh pic.twitter.com/vftRuFGe6O
— CBS4 Miami (@CBSMiami) August 20, 2019