A Florida teenager is facing disciplinary action after boarding a school bus dressed as a serial killer from ‘Scream’ – just days after 21 people were killed at a Texas elementary school, the bureau says Martin County Sheriff.
The student’s identity has not been released, but investigators believe the incident was a poorly planned prank rather than a threat against other students.
It happened on Friday, May 27, and involved the white mask and black robe worn by “Ghostface” in the popular horror franchise, the sheriff’s office said in a press release. Martin County is approximately 45 miles northwest of Orlando.
“A Martin County High School student will face administrative discipline after boarding his school bus wearing a full ‘Scream’ costume this morning. The students on the bus were alarmed by the incident,” the sheriff’s office said.
“The Martin County Sheriff’s SRO (School Resource Officer) has been notified and the student has been removed from the bus. Deputies searched the student’s bag and located the fake knife. The student said he thought his actions would be perceived as funny.
Investigators say the prank ‘did not violate any criminal law’, but the teen is facing ‘school district discipline’. Details of the potential punishment have not been released.
“In light of the devastating massacre at a school in Texas, we urge all parents to speak to their children about emotional fragility and the concerns of others,” the sheriff’s office said.
“Actions that might have seemed harmless and fun in the past can now cause fear and panic. In addition, law enforcement has a duty to protect all children from unknown threats that cause panic and fear , and will do so accordingly.
The mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, happened on Tuesday, May 24, and resulted in the deaths of 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School. The attacker, Salvador Ramos, 18, was killed at the scene.