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Student Arrested After Music Video On Social Media Appears to Threaten South Florida Schools

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    NBC 6's Andrea Martinez spoke to a legal expert on the fine line between free speech and illegal behavior after a student was arrested for posting a video that police say threatened schools.

    (Published Friday, Sept. 13, 2019)

    An apparent social media threat against some South Florida high schools has sparked concern among Miami-Dade County officials and led to the arrest of a 16-year-old student.

    The alleged threat - posted on the social media platform "Tik Tok" in the form of a music video - also references the Parkland school shooting.

    Miami Police confirmed Friday they made an arrest in the case but did not say if it was the person seen on video. The case will now be turned over to the State Attorney's Office.

    In the video, a student wearing a Christopher Columbus High School t-shirt appears to shoot at Immaculata-La Salle High School and Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami while a rap song about shooting plays in the background.

    Teen Arrested for Apparent Threat on Tik Tok Video

    [MI] Teen Arrested for Apparent Threat on Tik Tok Video

    A 16-year-old student was arrested after a video posted on Tik Tok apparently threatened schools in South Florida, including Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. NBC 6's Willard Shepard reports.

    (Published Friday, Sept. 13, 2019)

    Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School also appears in the video. According to students, there are similar videos trending on social media.

    "It's kind of like a joke," one student said. "It shouldn't be because of the shootings that have happened in the past, but that trend right now is kind of just a joke."

    The videos are made through an app called Tik Tok, which allows users to lip sync the words of popular songs.

    Student Arrested After Tik Tok Video Apparently Threatens Schools

    [MI] Student Arrested After Tik Tok Video Apparently Threatens Schools

    A 16-year-old student was arrested after a video posted on Tik Tok apparently threatens schools in South Florida.

    (Published Friday, Sept. 13, 2019)

    Christopher Columbus High School released a statement saying that the school is investigating "the making of an inappropriate, offensive, and unacceptable music video." They added that they will be involving law enforcement.

    La Salle also issued a statement saying the Columbus student has been identified and there will be additional police presence on their campus for the next few days.

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