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Tweet about ‘school shooter’ gets St. Joe’s student arrested

A 16-year-old St.Joseph’s Collegiate Institute student was charged with a class A misdemeanor for allegedly sending a message on Twitter suggesting a Kenmore West High School student may commit gun violence at the high school, Tonawanda Police announced Wednesday.

The tweet about a “School Shooter Alert” was sent out on Sunday and police notified Kenmore West’s principal about it.

The investigation revealed that the St. Joe’s student, whose name was being withheld by The News because of his age, and the Kenmore West student named in the tweet are friends, police said. The tweet “was meant to be a joke amongst their circle of friends and not intended to cause any alarm,” according to a statement from police.

The St. Joe’s student was charged with one count of falsely reporting an incident in the third-degree, a class A misdemeanor. An appearance ticket was issued and he was scheduled for arraignment in Town of Tonawanda Court at 1 p.m. Nov. 6.