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South Carolina High School Student Fatally Stabs Classmate over Snapchat Message

January 21, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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(New York Daily News) A message that couldn’t have existed for more than 10 seconds sent a South Carolina teenager into a violent rage that might get him years behind bars.

Matthew Fischer, 17, is charged with fatally stabbing classmate Lucas Cavanaugh, 16, over a Snapchat message, WCSC reports.

Cavanaugh sent a message through the smartphone app, which erases all pictures and texts after 10 seconds or less, to Fischer’s girlfriend Sunday night.

Fischer saw the momentary message on his girlfriend’s iPhone, and whatever it contained made him so mad he used the phone to send Cavanaugh texts that said “Come over” and “I’ll kill you man.”

Cavanaugh, a junior at Wando High School, came to the Mount Pleasant home and the boys got into a fight. Fischer made good on his text threat and fatally stabbed Cavanaugh in the torso, then fled the scene.

Fischer, also a Wando junior, soon provided written and video confessions to police.

He’s now charged as an adult with murder and possession of a knife.

Fischer’s attorney, Peter David Brown, told the Post and Courier he was waiting to hear the facts before deciding whether he’ll argue self-defense.

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