No crime committed in controversial video circulating on social media

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – A video circulating around social media has been investigated by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.

Bay County Sheriff’s Officials say Wednesday they were notified of the video posted by a local student. They say the video showed a student making racially offensive statements that caused concerns.

Deputies spoke with the person who created the video and his parents. They say after investigating, in spite of the offensive comments made by the person in the video, no crime was committed. They say the statements in the video were found to be in reference to acts the person would take within their home, if necessary, to protect their home.

We reached out to Bay District Schools about the video as well. Superintendent Bill Husfelt released this statement:

“We are aware of a video circulating on social media that features a teenager, with a shotgun, making statements we consider abhorrent. We understand this video is disconcerting to those who have seen it, or heard about it, and we share those concerns. This incident did not occur on a school campus, contains no specific threats to our schools, and is being addressed by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office. While there are consequences for hate speech and disruptive incidents, those individual consequences are not released to the public because student discipline information is confidential and protected. I have been working with Sheriff Tommy Ford to explore all options regarding situations of this nature and we will do whatever we can, together, to ensure appropriate consequences for those who violate our right to feel safe in our homes, our schools, our places of worship and other locations in our community.

We continue to encourage all parents to talk with their children about the ramifications of videos like this and their impact on the families in our community. These things are not funny, they are dealt with to the fullest extent of the law and the consequences are unpleasant for all involved. “

Sheriff Ford said with the start of a new school year, extra BCSO personnel will be on school campuses next week to ensure the safety of children and school employees.

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