Teens face felony charges after threatening posts on social media

Two teens are accused of posting threatening comments to social media. They now face felony charges. (MGN)

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - What two teens thought were just jokes could now have potential consequences that lasts the rest of their lives.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office announced the arrests of two teens for two separate cases, both involving threats on social media.

Deputies say a 16 year-old was arrested Friday after a social media post threatened violence at an event in downtown Panama City. Deputies say it said he "can't wait to shoot up the place." The FBI contacted the sheriff's office about the post. The teen claims he wasn't going to shoot up the place, he was only "trolling," or posting a message to get a rise out of other people.

Also arrested Friday was a second teen. Deputies say this teen posted a detailed message in a group chat on Snapchat describing a violent act involving guns and C4. Deputies say the post was shared and a complaint was filed. They say the teen says he didn't plan on carrying out the threat, he just meant to threaten the driver of a vehicle who parked too close to another vehicle.

Both teens were arrested and charged with false report of gun violence, a felony charge. Law enforcement says if convicted the teens will be convicted felons for the rest of their lives.

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