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Florida high school kid wears ‘Scream’ costume and brings fake knife to school – Boston 25 News

Florida Sheriff: High School Girl Wears ‘Scream’ Costume and Brings Fake Knife to School “He thought it was funny,” said Martin County Sheriff William Snyder, “we don’t see it that way.” (NCD)

STUART, Fla. — A South Florida high school student thought it would be fun to wear a “Scream” costume as he got on a bus on the last day of school.

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School officials didn’t laugh.

The student, who attends Martin County High School in Stuart, was taken off the bus on Friday after a school resources representative was contacted, TCPalm.com reported. Investigators found a counterfeit knife in the backpack of the 16-year-old student, which is now threatened with disciplinary proceedings.

“He thought it was a joke. He thought it was a funny end of year joke,” Martin County Sheriff William Snyder told the news agency. “We don’t see it that way.”

Scream is a horror slasher franchise that has five movies as of 1996, according to IMDb.com. The film also spawned a television series and has sold millions of dollars worth of merchandise, including games.

The student didn’t break any laws by wearing the costume, but after Tuesday’s mass shooting at a Texas elementary school that killed 19 students and two teachers, school officials said it was an inappropriate prank.

“We’re trying to balance this,” Snyder told WPEC-TV. “We know it’s a young person, it wasn’t a real knife, it’s the last day of school, young people do things that are difficult to imagine. And in today’s time and environment, it’s totally inappropriate behavior.”

“We thank the men and women of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office for helping us investigate an extremely poor and improper decision made by a student today,” Martin County Schools spokeswoman Jennifer DeShazo told TCPalm .com via email. “We thank our families for being our safety partners. Families are encouraged to keep talking to children about the importance of making good choices, including on social media, as summer break approaches. We appreciate our law enforcement partners for their unwavering commitment to the safety of our students, staff, schools and communities.”

Snyder said the teenager, who has not been identified because he is underage, did not bring a gun to school but his actions added to fears that had gripped the country about violence in schools.

“It’s inexplicable,” Snyder told TCPalm.com. “Where in the depths of this young person’s mind did he think this was supposed to be funny?”

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