A 15-year-old has been arrested for posting violent Eminem lyrics on Instagram.
The Fresno Bee reports, the teen has been charged with the felony of making terrorist threats, as well as for disrupting school activity.
The lyrics in question are from Em’s song “I’m Back” that reference the 1999 school shooting at Columbine High School. On the track, he raps:
“I take seven [kids] from [Columbine], stand ’em all in line/ Add an AK-47, a revolver, a nine/ A MAC-11 and it oughta solve the problem of mine/ And that’s a whole school of bullies shot up all at one time/ ’Cause (I’m) Shady, they call me as crazy/ As the world was over this whole Y2K thing.”
The only difference between the teen’s post and Eminem’s words was minor. Instead of writing Em’s lyrics of “I’m Shady,” the teen wrote “I’m just like Shady.” Another red flag that worried authorities was another kid’s comment under this post that read, “Bring me with man. I got some stuff [to] settle.” The 15-year-old’s response was, “Ill text you when…I got a couple idiots’ blocks I could knock off.”
After officials at the kid’s school heard about the post, they quickly called authorities who went to the kid’s home Monday night. There cops found a replica AK-47 Airsoft rifle, a handgun, a .357 Magnum revolver, a 12-gauge shotgun, ammunition and a bulletproof vest that were concealed in the subfloor of a closet, said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.
The 15-year-old has reportedly been having a rough time lately. His mother passed away last year, he quit the football team, he broke up with his girlfriend and he wasn’t doing well in school. Dyer said that he saw these factors as warning signs.
“These are really all of the things we look for in individuals that historically have been involved in incidents like Columbine. So we’re very fortunate that this was brought to our attention,” Dyer said. “We have every reason to believe that he was reaching out for help.…The weapons were present. The ammunition was present. Perhaps even the mindset was present to carry out those threats.”
The teen is now in a juvenile detention center, but says that he’s innocent. Claiming that he never posted the lyrics on his Instagram, he’s telling authorities that he was hacked. He and his father are also saying they don’t know about the guns police found in their home.
I’m glad the teen’s school discovered the post before disaster struck. We definitely don’t need anymore tragic school shooting happening. The more schools that can stop situations like this before they happen, the better.