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Two students suspended, charged with making written threat in connection to Taylor County High School photo

The picture, obtained by WCTV, shows the gun in the foreground, pointed at a black student sitting at his desk. It is captioned with a racial slur. (Photo: Taylor County parent)
The picture, obtained by WCTV, shows the gun in the foreground, pointed at a black student sitting at his desk. It is captioned with a racial slur. (Photo: Taylor County parent)(WCTV)
Published: Feb. 26, 2020 at 3:32 PM EST
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

February 26, 2020

TAYLOR COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Taylor County Sheriff's Office says two students have been suspended from Taylor County High School following the air-dropping of a threatening photo.

Taylor County Deputies say the photo,

was taken several days earlier and, following a two-day investigation, the source of the photo was identified.

Although authorities have not publicly identified the student, TCSO did say the photo was created and edited by a 14-year-old student.

Officials say the editing of the photo took place between two to four weeks prior to the photo being air dropped.

TCSO says the student who air dropped the photo on Monday has also been identified, but not publicly.

Deputies say the two students have both been suspended by the Taylor County School District, pending a school board hearing to determine further action.

Officials say the case is being forwarded to the State Attorney's office for review, and both have been charged with written threats to kill, do bodily injury or conduct a mass shooting or act of terrorism.

"This is a good teachable moment for us to talk to our kids about the importance and the safety of making sure we use cell phones properly and that we also make sure we are very responsible when it comes to social media," Taylor County School Board member Deidra Dunnell told WCTV on Wednesday night.

Dunnell

as the Taylor County Sheriff's Office investigation was ongoing.

Authorities ask anyone with any further information regarding this incident are asked to contact Lieutenant Steve Bell at Taylor County High School or Lieutenant Gina Deeson.

The full release from TCSO,

can be read below.

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