A Red Deer teen’s activity online has landed him in trouble with the law.
Mounties say the teen posted an image of a friend holding an ‘airsoft rifle’ with a warning to students at Huntington Hills School not to attend class on Monday.
The image was circulated to approximately 300 students shortly before 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.
RCMP were alerted and determined it was a ‘hoax’.
They say the teen in the picture didn’t know his image had been shared and that the weapon was an airsoft rifle.
officers visited the school on Monday to reassure students and staff.
“Perhaps the suspect thought he was playing a joke, but RCMP take public safety threats very seriously,” Corporal Karyn Kay. “Actions such as this can spread incredibly fast through social media and cause panic and trauma to hundreds of people.”
The 16 year old who posted the image faces one charge of false information. His name cannot be released under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.