Close up on hands tied with handcuffs

"That student was then questioned and admitted to stealing the image from another student’s social media and making up the story behind it as a joke. He was arrested on misdemeanor charges."

What started as a “joke” had a pretty bad punchline, as a 15-year-old student at Buckeye Union High School was arrested Sept. 17 for spreading a fake photo of a student being arrested.

In his post, the student falsely claimed that the student in the photo had brought a rifle to school to shoot all the teachers.

Officers confirmed the image that was posted appeared to show a student being arrested. A school resource officer, however, determined the photo had been taken during a “mock” arrest as part of a law and legal class that was discussing arrest procedures.

According to the Buckeye Police Department, the 15-year-old, who was not named due to his age, shared the image on Snapchat, a social media platform that allows its users to share self-deleting images and messages. The teen also allegedly indicated that school was canceled for the day and told those who see the post should share it.

After officers were alerted to the post and began investigating, a number of students came forward with information on the student who posted the fictitious arrest. 

That student was then questioned and admitted to stealing the image from another student’s social media and making up the story behind it as a joke.

He was arrested on misdemeanor charges.

“The student was referred for charges through the juvenile county attorney,” said Donna Rossi, Buckeye Police Department spokeswoman. “It is up to them what if any charges are actually filed.

School officials did not return a request for comment by press time.