Another instance that seems to have been inspired by the Florida shooting has landed another man in jail. Texarkana police say, Ricky Jared Rankin, 24, was arrested at his Texarkana Texas home Tuesday for making terrorist threats.
Rankin was arrested for making a post Monday night on Instagram that showed a picture of an AR-15 assault rifle with the caption "I'm thinking about finally going back to school". People who saw the post became concerned and forwarded the post to Texarkana Texas Police Department.
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Detectives acted on the tip immediately and began an investigation which resulted in obtaining an arrest warrant for Rankin. Local school districts were notified of the threats and the ongoing investigation as a safety precaution.
Officers with the help of the FBI arrested Rankin outside his home on Park Lane but the weapon in his post has not been located. The authorities did seize weapons from Rankin's family and they were disarmed for his actions.
Chief Dan Shiner said, "We don’t know if this post was meant as a joke or if he really planned to go to a school with a gun. However, our department takes comments like this very seriously and will take swift action to protect the children in our schools. No one wants the tragic events that we’ve all seen in other places to be repeated here."
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