SLO police arrest teen for posting airsoft gun photos
March 2, 2016
Police arrested a San Luis Obispo High School student who posted photos on Facebook of himself holding airsoft guns while dressed in military attire. The teen is reportedly charged with making a criminal threat. [Tribune]
The SLO High student posted the photos on his personal Facebook account and shared them with a small group of friends, police Lt. Jeff Smith said. The student made no specific threat in the Facebook posts, but he made some references that were concerning, Smith said.
When questioned by police, the teen admitted he made a mistake but said the photos were playful banter with friends who understood he was joking.
A law enforcement officer saw the photos on Friday and notified SLO High’s school resource officer. The student was taken into custody toward the end of the school day on Friday. He was then taken to Juvenile Hall.
Smith said airsoft weapons can look realistic but are not threatening. Airsoft guns fire plastic pellets.
Officers also determined it was not unusual for a student to have military attire, Smith said.
The district attorney’s office will review the case and will reportedly determine whether the criminal threats charge is a misdemeanor or a felony.