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Burbank Teenager In Custody After Posting Threatening Tweet

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A 16-year old from Burbank was taken into custody on Thursday evening after authorities say he posted a threatening tweet from his Twitter account.

The teenager, who is a student at John Burroughs High School, posted early yesterday evening, "You'll see me on the news some day for what I'm going to do tomorrow." The tweet prompted parents to alert the Burbank Police Department. Sergeant Claudio Losacco told The Burbank Leader that the tweet "raised some flags."

The teenager's Twitter profile has an avatar presumably of himself brandishing a gun, along a cover picture of a drawing showing a person using a gun. An earlier tweet featured a macro showing the silhouette of a handgun and featuring the text "It's better to have one and not need it, than to need one and not have it." A police search found no guns at his house.