BRICK — A Snapchat message sent to a middle school student that shows what appeared to be a weapon in the background was found to not represent a credible threat.

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Brick police said the message received Sunday by a Veterans Memorial Middle School showed the sender holding a package of Smarties candy with several guns. Officers located the sender and determined the firearms were Airsoft guns, which were taken from the house.

Airsoft is a game in which players use realistic-looking guns to shoot plastic pellets to eliminate others.

"We always take such threats seriously and encourage anyone who sees or hears of suspicious activity to report it immediately," Brick police and the school district said in a joint statement.

Information can be reported to the police, the school department, or the township's WeTip link on the district website.

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