Teen charged after joke goes wrong

Photo posted to Facebook
Photo posted to Facebook

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The old saying goes, "A picture is worth a thousand words." But for one Craighead County teen, a picture is worth several charges.

The photo, posted on Facebook, showed a 13-year-old girl bound and gagged with a gun pointed at her head.

But as police learned, it was all a joke.

According to an incident report from the Craighead County Sheriff's Department, they were contacted by the Leflore County, Oklahoma Sheriff's Department after a deputy there saw the photo on his Facebook timeline.

Deputies then went to the home on County Road 109.

When they showed up at the house, they were told it was all a joke that started as multiple people being taped to chairs to see if they could get free.

It ended with 18-year-old Davis Cooper pointing a gun at the girl's head and posting the photo to Facebook.

That gun turned out to be a Black Opps air pistol.

In a statement to police, the girl's mother said they were "playing a silly game and decided to post a picture on Facebook... It was all fun and games. Nobody was ever gonna get hurt."

Cooper was cited and released for Communicating a false alarm and endangering the welfare of a minor.

He's set to appear in court next week.

Region 8 News will keep tracking this story and bring you the latest information as it becomes available.

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