A Chicago-area teen is facing felony charges after he threatened to commit "mass homicide" if George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder charges in the Trayvon Martin case. The teen is a sophomore at Zion Benton High School in Zion, Ill., a suburb about 50 miles away from Chicago.
Prior to a verdict being reached in the case, the teen tweeted: "If Zimmerman leaves free imma shoot everybody in Zion causing a mass homicide, and ill get away wit it just like Zimmerman."
The tweet has since been deleted.
Savvy social media users reported the post to the FBI and to the Zion Police Department, according to The Huffington Post.
Zion Police Department Deputy Chief Steve Dumyahn said there was no credibility to the threat and that the teen "has no weapons and no access to weapons.” That does not change the fact that the young man is still being charged with a felony count of disorderly conduct.
The teen later tried to play his tweet off as a joke.
"I WAS JOKING SEE U JUST SAID I SHOULDNT JOKE SO THERE WAS NOO NEED FOR U TO REPORT ME," he wrote.
The teen's name has not been released because of his age.