A 16-year-old student at Colorado high school has been ordered not to return to his classes until the school district can investigate an anonymous tip that claimed he uploaded “threatening” content online.
The Thompson Valley School District reportedly received a “Safe-2-Tell” tip that said Nathan Myers, 16, posted a “threatening” video on Snapchat.
It came after the teen visited a shooting range with his mother, Justine Myers, on Aug. 28, and posted footage of several guns they reportedly brought along, online.
The footage showed an array of weapons including an AR-15 and handguns alongside the caption “Finna be lit,” reported Complete Colorado.
According to Myers, it was his way of saying he was excited to be going shooting with his family, especially as he hadn’t seen his mother in a few weeks.
“We had a great day,” the teen’s mother told the outlet. “This is what we do. Nathan has been shooting many times with us. We are huge Second Amendment supporters.”
Myers explained that the guns shown in the video weren’t loaded.
“While we were at her house getting ready to go, I took a video of five or six pistols and an AR-15. None of them were loaded, they were all in their cases,” he said.
By the time the pair arrived home, Myers’s mother had received a number of messages saying police had been at the home asking questions about the video clip.
“His father told them he was out shooting with me, I am an avid shooter,” she said. “officers said he wasn’t in trouble and left.”
The following day, Myers’s school district instructed him not to return to Loveland High School until they had carried out a full investigation, due to concerns for safety.
“I called to ask why I couldn’t go, and they said it was a safety concern because the student who reported it was scared I was going to shoot up the school,” the 16-year-old explained.
He added that he has prior no criminal records and had never run into any trouble with any students at his school.
“I already struggle in school enough as it is,” he said. “Missing a few days will really put me far behind.”
Thompson Valley School District spokesman Michael Hausmann told the outlet it could not comment on Myers’s situation, but linked its district’s policy on what suspended students can expect.
“Suspended students will be provided an opportunity to make up school work during the period of suspensions, so the student is able to reintegrate into the educational program of the district following the period of suspension. Students will receive full or partial academic credit to the extent possible for make-up work which is completed satisfactorily,” the policy reads.
Myers was previously questioned by school officers as a freshman, when he was spotted drawing a Glock 45 in class, according to Complete Colorado.
Responding to the ordeal, Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams said: “He exercised his First Amendment right to use his Second Amendment right,” Reams said. “I hope this doesn’t make him fear that in the future.”