Teen uses social media to possibly prevent school shooting 800 miles away

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NORTHGLENN, Colo. - A teenager in Colorado is being credited with stopping a school shooting before it happened nearly 800 miles away.

Kaylee has a strong presence on social media, like many high schoolers these days.

In addition to profiles on Facebook and Twitter, she also spends a lot of her time on Snapchat.

"It's another social media where you can contact people through pictures instead of text messaging," she told KDVR.

Pictures that are sent on the site disappear just seconds after being viewed.

Kaylee says she was using the app on Monday when she spotted a strange message.

"It said, 'Planning the school shooting.' And it kinda freaked me out at first, so I texted my mom," she said.

Kaylee was smart enough to take a screen shot of the message before it disappeared. At that point, she went to one of her school's deans.

"He told me to go to the resource officers and I kinda sat there in the office with him while we figured out what to do and pursue finding out who he was," Kaylee said.

However, the alleged culprit quickly identified himself.

One feature in Snapchat alerts the user if a screen shot is taken of their post.

"So he Snapchatted me and asked me why I screen shotted his story," Kaylee said.

The pair began talking and Kaylee learned the boy went to a school 800 miles away in Arizona.

Phoenix police were notified of the incident and the teen was arrested for one count of creating a hoax.

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