A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in the US state of California, after posting what police deemed to be threatening messages on social media.
The inflammatory Instagram post turned out to contain lyrics from the Eminem song I’m Back, circa 2000’s Marshall Mathers LP, with the unnamed teen writing:
“I take seven kids from Columbine, stand ’em all in a line, add an AK-47, a revolver, a nine, a MAC-11 and it oughtta solve the problem of mine. And that’s a whole school of bullies shot up all at one time. I’m just like Shady and just as crazy as the world was over this whole Y2K thing.”
The only amendment to Em’s original lyrics was the boy comparing himself to the controversial rapper, saying “I’m just like Shady” instead of the actual lyric, “I’m Shady”.
According to local paper The Fresno Bee, the kid was arrested on Tuesday (September 1st) at San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno, with police fearing him to be a threat to others.
Officers later searched the teen’s family home, recovering unregistered guns, ammo, and a bulletproof vest inside his dad’s bedroom.
Police chief Jerry Dyer stated that officers had “every reason to believe that there was potential for a threat to be carried out”, describing the student as being “socially awkward” and a “loner” who had a history of being bullied, just like past US school shooters.
The teen has been hit with a felony charge of making terrorist threats, and another for disrupting school activity, while his old man could face charges of improperly storing firearms.
Both the boy and his father reportedly deny any knowledge of the weapons, and claim that the Instagram account was hacked.
We’ll bring you more information as it develops.
Listen: Eminem – I’m Back