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Iowa teenager faces terrorism charge for Snapchat photo of 8 guns 'ready for school'


Des Moines Register

by Kevin Hardy

An Iowa teenager was arrested Sunday on terrorism charges for posting photos of guns with a foreboding message about school on Snapchat.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation notified the Jefferson Police Department of the photo on Snapchat, according to the city's police log. It showed eight long guns with the message: "Ready for school 7 can join me."

Police traced the message to a 15-year-old boy in Jefferson. He quickly admitted to posting the photo, said Jefferson Police Captain Heath Enns. But it didn't appear that the teenager had any intention of taking the weapons to school, he said.

"He was very forthcoming," Enns said.

Police found eight firearms in his home: three BB guns; two single-shot, 12-gauge shotguns; a 50-caliber black powder rifle; a .22 rifle; and a 12-gauge pump shotgun.

All eight firearms were removed from the home.

Greene County Schools were notified about the incident, Enns said.

Read more: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2018/07/10/iowa-teen-snapchat-gun-photos-terrorism-arrested-felony-jefferson/772283002/