NYC High School Student Arrested for ‘Shoot Up the School' Instagram Post

A student at the famed LaGuardia High School in Manhattan was arrested at school Friday morning after police investigated an alleged threat he made to "shoot up the school" on Instagram. 

Fellow students saw the post on 17-year-old Bennett Lin's social media account and notified school officials and police. 

The post, on Instagram Stories, asked followers "Shoot up the whole school tmr?" and offered two reply options: "I'll DM you who to kill" and "You're f---ed up B."

When he showed up at school around 8:30 a.m., he was arrested and charged with aggravated harassment. 

Police didn't recover any weapons from the boy or at his home, and a Department of Education representative said that the threat was not deemed credible. 

The school followed all protocols and notified families in the case, the representative said. 

A knock on Lin's family's front door went unanswered Friday evening.

The specialized high school on the Upper West Side was the basis of the 1980 film "Fame" and counts among its alumni Liza Minelli, Jennifer Aniston, Nicki Minaj, Al Pacino and dozens of other high-profile musicians and artists.

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