ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A teenage girl in Rowan County has been arrested after investigators say she posted a picture of guns on her Facebook page with the caption "school finna be lit."
According to deputies, 17-year-old Amber Beaver posted the picture with four firearms that were laid out on a table. The firearms appear to be a small pistol, a shotgun, a bolt action rifle, and a semi-automatic rifle.
Investigators began Saturday when several students and teachers notified the East Rowan High School Resource Officer, Scott Flowers, about this picture.
According to investigators, Beaver dropped out of school last year, but had re-enrolled this year.
Investigators went to her home and met her father, who said he had not seen her in nearly a week and thought she was staying with an aunt.
Beaver as later found at a home in Spencer. Investigators talked to her on the phone where she told them she'd heard they were looking for her due to her Facebook post.
"Amber told investigators that it was just a joke and that she thought the post was funny," according to the sheriff's officer.
She was arrested for communicating threats and making a false report of mass violence on an educational property. She is being held on a $7,500 secured bond.
Adults outside of East Rowan High School Monday didn't find Beaver's post too funny.
"As a father it's very alarming," said parent Samuel Robbins. "It makes you wonder, are my children really safe?"
Robbins explained that recent mass shootings have made violent threats even more of a concern.
"It makes you not want to send your children to school when you stand the chance of sending them to school and they may not come home," explained Robbins.
Michael Blalock said his nephew attends East Rowan High School. He agreed that the post made by Beaver should not be taken lightly.
"I don't think they predominantly mean anything about what they post, but I do believe it does pose a threat," said Blalock.
Law enforcement officials are now urging other adolescents not to post such harmful messages on social media.
"Be careful what you post. Don't post anything threatening to other people or your school," said Captain Sifford with the Rowan County Sheriff's Office.