Be careful what you post on social media.
The viral video of a shark being dragged behind a boat on a rope led to the arrest of three men on Tuesday, but it’s not the first time a post on social media has landed someone in trouble.
Here are fivd such instances across Tampa Bay:
TWO STUDENTS ARRESTED AFTER GUN FOUND NEAR LAKEWOOD HIGH
Just this week, two Lakewood High students were arrested and now face felony weapons charges after the school was placed on lockdown following reports of a weapon on campus. The 16-year-olds will be charged with possession of a weapon on a school campus and aggravated assault. St. Petersburg Police spokeswoman Samantha Williams said one of the boys arrested Monday was in a Snapchat video standing in front of lockers and wielding a handgun, pointing it at the camera.
POLICE CHASE ON SANDS OF CLEARWATER BEACH LANDS ON FACEBOOK LIVE
Ryan Stiles, 27, was drunk when he sped down Clearwater Beach in July and drove all the way to Caladesi Island before he stopped, faced with a choice to continue into the water or surrender, according to the Clearwater Police Department. Stiles streamed the pursuit over Facebook Live, with the video showing him driving over beach chairs and drinking from a bottle of Canadian Mist whiskey. No one was injured, and Stiles was charged with DUI, driving with a suspended license, reckless driving, fleeing and eluding, hit and run with property damage, felony criminal mischief and threatening a public servant.
UT FIRES TEACHER WHOSE TWEET BLAMED HARVEY ON TEXAS GOP VOTE
A tweet in August, suggesting that the devastation of Hurricane Harvey was "instant karma" for the red state of Texas, cost a University of Tampa professor his job. The University first distanced itself from sociology professor Kenneth L. Storey, but a tide of online outrage continued, resulting in his firing.
PASCO DEPUTIES: 12-YEAR-OLD ARRESTED AS AN ADULT FOR MAKING CLOWN THREATS
In October 2016, Pasco County deputies arrested a 12-year-old boy — as an adult — on allegations that he made an online threat against Seven Springs Middle School. The boy faced a charge of making a written threat to kill, which is a second-degree felony. He threatened students at his own school in New Port Richey through the social networking video app musical.ly. heriff Chris Nocco said the boy thought it was a joke, and deputies do not believe he planned to carry out the threat or had the means to do so.
LAKEWOOD HIGH STUDENT HID MACHETE IN TROMBONE CASE AT SCHOOL, POLICE SAY
An 18-year-old Lakewood High School student faced a felony charge of possessing a weapon on school grounds after he brought a pellet gun to campus in January, according to the St. Petersburg police. Rodarius Green was arrested after police said a teacher learned of a photo of the student holding a pellet gun on social media. The teacher then alerted a school resource officer