Boy, 14, arrested for threatening mass shooting at South Florida supermarket, police say

Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A South Florida teenager is accused of posting a mass shooting threat on social media to a supermarket, authorities said.

A Publix Supermarket employee in Boynton Beach reported an Instagram account that posted the threat on the supermarket's corporate page, WPEC reported. According to the employee, the post read, "I'm gonna commit a mass shooting at the public [sic] in Boynton Beach, Florida."

The name on the Instagram post was traced back to the 14-year-old, the television station reported.

When police went to the teen's home, the boy admitted to making the post but said it was a joke, WPBF reported.

The boy was arrested and charged with written threats to commit a mass shooting, according to the television station.

“Threatening to commit a mass shooting, whether it be on social media or through any form of communication, is not a joke,” a spokeswoman for the Boynton Beach Police Department said in a statement. “The Boynton Beach Police Department will vigorously investigate any claim of harm against our community, and arrest any individual responsible. We urge parents to have conversations with their children about the severity of this.”

About the Author