Bay County Sheriff’s officials said Wednesday they do not plan to take any action against a local teenager who posted a controversial video on a social media site.
According to people who have seen the video, the young man is holding the shotgun and threatening to shoot anyone who breaks into his home.
Viewers also say the teen used a lot of racially charged and offensive language in the clip.
Once deputies were alerted to the video, they said they visited the teen and his parents. They also concluded that, despite the offensive nature of the video, the teen had not broken any law and could not be charged with a crime. Investigators also say they notified Bay District Schools officials about the incident.
Sheriff Tommy Ford said extra deputies will be on local school campuses next week for the first week of school, to ensure the safety of children and school employees.
Bay District Schools released a statement Thursday regarding the video.
We are aware of a video circulating on social media that features a teenager, with a shotgun, making statements we consider abhorrent. We understand this video is disconcerting to those who have seen it, or heard about it, and we share those concerns. This incident did not occur on a school campus, contains no specific threats to our schools, and is being addressed by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office. While there are consequences for hate speech and disruptive incidents, those individual consequences are not released to the public because student discipline information is confidential and protected. I have been working with Sheriff Tommy Ford to explore all options regarding situations of this nature and we will do whatever we can, together, to ensure appropriate consequences for those who violate our right to feel safe in our homes, our schools, our places of worship and other locations in our community.Bill Husfelt, Bay District Schools Superintendent
We continue to encourage all parents to talk with their children about the ramifications of videos like this and their impact on the families in our community. These things are not funny, they are dealt with to the fullest extent of the law and the consequences are unpleasant for all involved.”