A student at a Louisiana high school was put in jail for using a mobile app to pretend he was shooting at his fellow classmates.
The 15-year-old student was arrested after he posted a video on YouTube of him pretending to shoot students and authorities decided to act on the situation, according to WGNO.com.
“You can’t ignore it,” says Major Malcolm Wolfe. “We don’t know at what time that game becomes reality.”
The mobile app, called “The Real Strike,” is similar to a first-person shooting game, but it uses one’s real life surroundings as the game environment.
Wolfe said the arrested student posted the app because he was bullied at school.
“He said that he had no intentions of hurting anybody,” Wolfe said. “We have to take all threats seriously and we have no way of knowing that without investigating and getting to the bottom of it.”
The student was interfering with the school’s operation and safety, he said.
“With all the school shooting we’ve had in the United States, it’s just not a very good game to be playing at this time,” Wolfe added.