It was then that Seth posted a message to Snapchat – words that now take on great significance and will likely haunt whoever saw them. In it, he swore at “all of you who contributed to this.” And, after that, he took out the pistol that he had stashed away in his bag and killed himself.
And even though the police would later reveal that there hadn’t apparently been any witnesses to Seth’s act, news of what had happened would quickly spread. Furthermore, given the many outlets for communication available to teenagers, school authorities even struggled to raise the alarm with families before their children did.
Indeed, Lake County Schools communication officer Sherri Owens would later explain as much to Orlando-based CBS affiliate WKMG. “In this age of social media, some of the students had alerted parents even before we had the opportunity to do so,” she said.