Thursday, December 20, 2012

14-year-old charged with felony after Facebook school-shooting threat

Whether or not he meant it, authorities make a quick arrest after a 14-year-old Long Island teenager threatened to carry out a shooting at his school this week.

The teen first created a Facebook page, using a classmate's name. He then posted a threat on that page about committing a shooting at their school on Wednesday, Dec. 19, according to authorities.

It is unclear if the teen was intentionally attempting to get his classmate, a girl, in trouble, or if he was trying to simply cover his tracks. In either case, it appears he was aware of how seriously authorities take such threats now.

Despite the fact that the page was in another person's name, it took little time for detectives to trace the Facebook page to the correct teenager and arrest him, ironically on the same day the threat was to be carried out.

The 14-year-old boy has been charged with making a terroristic threat, which is a class D felony. He was released to his mother and is required to appear in Family Court on Jan. 2, 2013.

In a statement, the Suffolk County Police Department said:
The Suffolk County Police Department takes all threats seriously, will conduct full investigations and make any and all appropriate arrests.
The teen, of course, has not been named due to his name.

On Friday, Dec. 14, Adam Lanza of Newtown, Conn. first killed his mother, then took some of her guns with her to Sandy Hook Elementary School. There, he forced his way in and killed 20 children and six adults with an assault rifle before killing himself as authorities closed in.

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