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Watertown middle schooler says classmate sent 'threatening' Snapchat photo

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WATERTOWN, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A Jefferson County middle school student says she felt threatened by a message she received from a classmate.

Daijahna Carpenter stayed home from Riverside Middle School in Watertown Thursday out of fear for her safety.

A boy in her class had sent a photo showing another boy pointing a gun at the camera.

It was delivered via Snapchat, the popular social media app.

The image came as part of an exchange that started with a publicly-posted video of the boy with the gun saying the N-word.

Carpenter responded to say that was not OK.

“It's not just a word,” she said. It means something, and I feel like they should know that. I feel like they do know that, but they need to be put in their place for saying it."

Carpenter’s mother, Candice Reed, saw the photo with the gun as a clear threat.

"It hurts me as a mother to see her going through things like that,” Reed said.

Watertown police determined the gun was an Airsoft-style toy gun, and while the photo was “ill-advised”, there was “no known threat” to any person.

The school district superintendent, Cassandra Schug, sent a letter home to parents that said in part, "Please take advantage of this opportunity to discuss with your son/daughter the importance of using social media wisely. Inappropriate use of social media can cause unnecessary alarm, rumors, and consequences."

Reed thinks the school downplayed the situation.

"The fact that my child has to go to school and feel unsafe, I have a huge problem with that,” she said.

Police found nothing criminal with the Snapchat.

The district wouldn’t share if any disciplinary action was taken against the student.

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Dani1117 32 days ago
Wow!!! He should be punished by the district because that is one of the worst forms of bullying!! And don't pics and actions like that this lead to school shootings? ijs!!
EricGrunewald 32 days ago
There’s our tax dollars at work!! A 13-year-old kid takes a picture of his buddy holding an airsoft gun and posts it on his own Snapchat. There was never any threat made, nor did any video or picture get sent to a specific person. The boy that took the picture posted it on his own Snapchat story and after the school district and police looked into the situation, they learned there was never any threats or danger to society. It was a huge overreaction on their part and desperate people used this as a time for attention. The girl who claims to have felt threatened has a brother who posted a similar photo of himself recently with the caption, “my shooter”. Their house was raided and he was charged criminally. There’s a difference between feeling threatened and just being angry that their family got in trouble for making threats and, in their own words, “ an over privileged white boy” did not. It’s not OK to use school and police resources to get your revenge. Apparently it’s just easier to blame someone else.
First off, my house didn’t get raided! Not sure where you got that unreliable information at but it’s not true. Secondly, he didn’t post it on his story and I have proof of that. Thirdly, he lied to the police+school saying it was an air soft, but admitted to my friend that it was a Glock! Please don’t comment about me or my family’s business, especially when you don’t know the whole story because my house never got raided. Goodbye Sir, have a horrible day🙂
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