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Oroville student arrested after Snapchat of rifle, submachine gun and pistol goes viral

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A 16-year-old male student from Oroville was arrested Tuesday evening after he posted a Snapchat video which appeared to show three firearms and included a threatening caption, police said. Butte County Sheriff’s deputies arrested the juvenile around midnight.

Authorities dismissed the possibility of a credible threat to the student’s school, Lone Pine High School. However, deputies tried to alleviate concern by making their presence felt on campus Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Deputies received multiple reports concerning the video starting at 10:16 p.m. Tuesday, according to the release.

The video showed what appeared to be a hunting rifle with scope, a submachine gun and a semiautomatic pistol – later revealed to be two BB guns and a pellet gun – on the suspect’s bed, according to the release.

The caption read: “... if you go to Lp (Las Plumas High School) better get ready to jet #schoolshooter.” The suspect, who appeared in the video, did not make any verbal threats, the release said.

When deputies contacted the student at his residence in Oroville around midnight, he said the video was meant as a prank. He told the officers he did not intend to shoot anyone and regretted the post, according to the release.

The student was booked at the Butte County Juvenile Hall for terrorist threats.

The Sheriff’s Office is withholding the suspect’s name due to his age.

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Caroline Ghisolfi, from Stanford University, is a local news reporter for The Sacramento Bee, focusing on breaking news and health care. She grew up in Milan, Italy.
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