Wareham High student arrested following school shooting threat

May 02, 2017

A Wareham High School student was arrested Monday after allegedly posting “anyone down for a school shooting?” on social media.

Police said Wareham High School administrative staff notified School Resource Officer Karl Baptiste about the post after it was bought to their attention. In the post, a juvenile aged male had taken a picture of himself, added that caption, then posted the image to Snapchat.

​The student, who police said was cooperative and denied any intention of being involved in a planned school shooting, was arrested at Wareham High School without any disruption to school activities. The student was then taken to the Wareham Police Department. He was charged with Terroristic Threats, MGL 269-14B, and was transported to Wareham District Court for arraignment.

Police ​Chief Kevin Walsh praised the swift actions of school administrators and Baptiste following the incident. Police said there is an ongoing investigation into the matter.

 

Comments (21)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 02, 2017 20:15

Ain't that just great.  Stupid just took on a new meaning!  Kid just screwed up his life being a dumb ass.



Posted by: brazz | May 02, 2017 20:24

Was he arrested because they found probable cause or simply because of the photo? If it was over the photo, charges will probably be dropped.



Posted by: desertsky | May 03, 2017 07:02

I don't know what the photo was but it's the caption that got him nailed.

It's like yelling "I have a bomb" on a plane...they don't waste time wondering if it's true and usually react pretty damn quickly. It's the THREAT. What did the stupid kid think was going to happen??



Posted by: Peaches0409 | May 03, 2017 08:41

It's pretty bad that there was no communication from the school to the families about this. Most found out about it on the news or in the paper. Whether or not it was a credible threat is irrelevant. Parents should have been notified.

That being said, it's my understanding that this boy recently lost his father which makes this even more sad. I feel for his mom having to deal with this too. Please don't be to harsh on him, he's been through so much already.



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 03, 2017 09:38

Peaches, I have my own kids and there are all the other kids in the school. The safety and well-being of my kids and all the others is paramount to any technicality about communication and how the families found out about it.  That is more irrelevant than the credibility of the threat.  What he did was wrong in so many ways so it makes no difference how his family was informed.  I'm just grateful that we had a system in place that was able to catch this.  Many thanks to Officer Karl Baptiste and the Wareham School System.  Next time may be the real deal so it was excellent to see that it worked.

 

Sure, the kid has a sad story.  I'm compassionate to that.  The Columbine kids had sad stories too.  Losing a parent is definitely sad.  Sad kids act out.  We all know that.  That's nothing new.  But something like this is over the top and totally unacceptable.  He's a high school aged young man not a baby.  With so much like this in the news lately, he knew the severity.  I also feel bad for him, his mom, and his family.  But I also feel that what he did was unacceptable and don't think he's going to get off easy.



Posted by: Peaches0409 | May 03, 2017 09:47

I'm not talking about how his family was informed. I'm talking about how the families of all of the students that were threatened weren't informed.

I'm not at all saying that he shouldn't be punished, or that his behavior is in any way acceptable. Just stating fact that there is much more to this story and a little empathy goes a long way.



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 03, 2017 09:57

Ahhh, well then Peaches, we're a lot closer than I thought on this issue.  Yes, true, we didn't find out until the Breaking News announcement in the evening.  Its just sad all around.  Sad that it happened at our high school.  Also sad for him.  Terroristic Threats, MGL 269-14B is no joke to have on ones record.



Posted by: Peaches0409 | May 03, 2017 10:05

Absolutely, I'm sure he thought it was funny, but clearly nobody else did. Terroristic threats are no joke in todays world. He will likely not walk with his class upon graduation and face a judge and possible probation and / or jail time.



Posted by: Andrea Smith | May 03, 2017 10:20

So many children and middle school and high school age youth have very real problems in their lives that can result in sadness, depression, despair, anger, and/or feelings of being totally alone and/or overwhelmed. All of us need to be understanding of that and to help whenever and however we can. But all of those children and middle and high school age youth need to understand that tossing out innuendos and threats of violence won't solve their problems, they will just compound them by piling consequences for their behavior upon their shoulders. In a world where school shootings have taken so many lives and opened eyes to the fact that school shootings can happen anywhere, violence related innuendos and threats shouldn't be dismissed as a prank or a lapse in judgement or without consequences.



Posted by: cranky pants | May 03, 2017 10:51

Sad story all around. I'm not sure where it comes up in the report that the kid lost his father, but wouldn't you think that would be all the more reason to just do the right thing knowing that your old man is looking down and watching ?

 



Posted by: Lou Ken Goud | May 03, 2017 10:54

Peaches, let's say they do "go easy on him" as you hope,
Then say "God forbid" this kid gets released & acts on his threat.
Do you realize how many people will blame the cops and the Judge for "letting him off easy"
Unfortunately, Peaches,  going esay on him is not an option in this day and age.



Posted by: Peaches0409 | May 03, 2017 11:30

Where did I say he deserved to have them go easy on him? Oh that's right, I didn't.



Posted by: cranky pants | May 03, 2017 12:31

" Please don't go too harsh on him, he's been through enough already... " -PEACHES0409

In my eyes that's sorta saying go easy on him isn't it, or is my English composition and comprehension skills far different from yours ?



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 03, 2017 13:12

Peaches made that statement in the 4th comment down.  I understood it as a request to us making comments and not about his fate.  Some say we can be a tough crowd!  In the 6th & 8th comment down, it is clear that Peaches isn't sticking up for this kid.  The whole situation is just sad.  He's a dumb kid.  They're not going to lock him away and throw away the key.  Having a little empathy as Peaches states is OK, but by no means should he get off easy.



Posted by: cranky pants | May 03, 2017 13:26

I know one thing...

Just because the kid made a bad choice for a joke certainly doesn't mean he's dumb by any means.

You all chose to move to Wareham... Now that's just dumb.



Posted by: Peaches0409 | May 03, 2017 13:33

Thanks WBTS that's exactly what I meant.



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 03, 2017 13:51

Where in the article does it say anything about a joke?  He denied any intention of being involved in a planned school shooting, but didn't say he was joking.

 

He made an untrue statement in a Snapchat posting. That's not a joke. Maybe he did it for attention (he got it!).  Maybe he did it to sound like a tough-guy.  Maybe it was a cry for help.  Maybe he had no idea it would land him in so much trouble. He's dumb because he lacked the sense to know that this is not something to take lightly.

 

What does this have to do with us moving to Wareham?  Wareham has been in my cross-hairs once or twice, but this single random thing could have happened anywhere.

 

BTW, Wareham is absolutely beautiful today.



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 03, 2017 13:58

oops, I just reread my last comment.  Sorry, no pun intended about Wareham in the cross-hairs.



Posted by: Chaka | May 03, 2017 14:49

I'm usually a hard ass on crime, but in this case I'm inclined to cut this kid some slack. I don't know who it was, but if it's true that his father recently died, then I can understand the kid being fed up, overwhelmed, over everything, and apt to say something stupid. In anger, I've said some pretty horrible things that I didn't really mean, and some horrible things I did mean, but I never would have acted on them. Is he a good kid, a bad kid, does he have access to a gun?



Posted by: Andrea Smith | May 03, 2017 16:48

The word joke may have originated from the last sentence in my first comment under this article which reads:

 

In a world where school shootings have taken so many lives and opened eyes to the fact that school shootings can happen anywhere, violence related innuendos and threats shouldn't be dismissed as a joke or a lapse in judgement or without consequences.

 

I have edited the sentence replacing the word "joke" with the word "prank" the Oxford Dictionary definition of which is "joke or mischievous act."

 

 



Posted by: Hairy Buttz | May 04, 2017 17:05

"Lock him up" "Lock him up" said no {sane} parent ever!! ;)

 



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