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A Lehi resident who claimed he was joking when he said he was going to commit a school shooting is now facing charges that are no laughing matter.

AMERICAN FORK — A Lehi resident who claimed he was joking when he said he was going to commit a school shooting is now facing charges that are no laughing matter.

Benjamin Ryan Bailey was charged Friday with making a threat of violence, a third-degree felony, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, both class B misdemeanors. The case was transferred to 4th District Court in American Fork on Tuesday.

According to charging documents, on Feb. 25 — three weeks after turning 18 — Bailey "sent a friend a Facebook message that he was going to shoot up a school. The defendant admitted sending the message but told officers that it was a joke."

The friend contacted police and told officers, "The text contained a gun emoji and a crying face emoji," according to a Utah County Jail probable cause affidavit. Bailey attends Skyridge High School, the report states.

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Officers went to Bailey's house to question him.

"When asked what the text said Benjamin would not answer directly but just said over and over that it was a joke. Benjamin later advised that the text said he was going to do a school shooting," Lehi police wrote in a the affidavit.

Officers noted in the affidavit that Bailey has a history of depression and they were advised that Bailey "had been 'low' lately and was not in a good place," according to the report.

Bailey has no prior criminal history, the report states.