Snapchat post leads to gun arrests of Carpinteria students

CARPINTERIA, Calif. - Three Carpinteria High School students were arrested on gun charges after they posed with firearms and then posted the photos on Snapchat.

On Wednesday, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office identified and detained a 15-year-old student on campus who was pictured posing with a firearm. The firearm in the picture was seized from the student's home and the student was arrested for criminal threats and brandishing a firearm.

A 17-year-old relative was also arrested on campus for possession of a realistic pellet gun on school grounds. Both students were booked into Santa Maria Juvenile Hall.

Later in that same day, deputies were informed about another student who had posted photos of himself posing with a firearm on Snapchat. Deputies arrested the 16-year-old student at his home on charges of criminal threats and possession of a replica firearm. He was later booked into Santa Maria Juvenile Hall.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said there was never any actual credible threat to Carpinteria High School related to the Snapchat posts.

Anyone who sees suspicious activity on social media is always encouraged to contact local law enforcement.

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