Bethlehem, Pennsylvania – A high school student in Pennsylvania is being charged after police said he had a firearm in his waistband that later turned out to be a BB gun in an Instagram post during a school basketball game.
Investigators said the photo was taken in the Freedom High School gymnasium on January 20 during the varsity game against East Stroudsburg South High School.
An anonymous student was pictured, lifting his clothes to reveal the grip of what police believed was a black semi-automatic pistol tucked into his waistband.
The Bethlehem Township Police Department worked with school officials to identify students enrolled in the Cyber Home School program at Liberty High School.
The unnamed student was later charged with possession of a weapon on school property and first-degree misdemeanor charges of possession of a firearm by a minor, officials said.
During a search of a student’s home in West Bethlehem, police found a firearm they determined was a pellet/BB gun resembling a 9mm semi-automatic pistol.