Teens accused of making threats on Facebook plead guilty – Online Safety and Social Media Responsibility For Teens

 

Two Ohio teens were arrested by Butler County Sheriff’s detectives after a teacher alerted administrators to threatening posts made on Facebook.  The New Miami High School students expressed a dislike of the school and mentioned something about shooting.

The girls posted the following on Facebook:

“I swear to god I hate this school and like 95% of the people in it.”

“I say we go on a killing spree. Bang bang.”

“Bang bang. That’ll be like the third school shooting. Aye, you know I’m down lololol.”

“Your first on my hit list.”

The girls, ages 14 and 15 were originally charged with inducing panic, a second degree felony, and making terroristic threats, a third degree felony.  The teens have since  plead guilty to an amended charge and have been sentenced to probation.  The judge also ordered them to complete a 20-hour work program, write an essay about the appropriate use of Social Media, and are prohibited from using any social media outlets.  No official decision has been made about whether the girls will be allowed to return to school.

The girls said that their Facebook posts were meant as a joke, but they quickly realized that they were the only people laughing – but not for long!  The girls cried in the courtroom and apologized for their actions.

Parents:  This is a great story to share with your children.  The excuse of playing around or joking when misusing Social Media can land them in serious trouble.  Law Enforcement Agencies, educational institutions, and parents take Social Media threats very seriously, as they should.  Accountability is the word of the day, and as I tell my daughter there is a consequence for every decision you make.  Consequences can be positive or negative, therefore I encourage teens to think about the choices they make.  If it doesn’t feel right, then make a different decision.

Along with monitoring your child’s online actions, communication about social media responsibility and consequences cannot be overlooked.  I would also advise parents to speak with your child about their self-worth as their “online” behavior gives you a glimpse into their “offline” activities and self-esteem.

Making threats, using offensive language, cyberbullying, trolling, etc….are not acceptable One decision could change your child’s life forever. 

Marlin Page is a Globetrotting Speaker,  Founder of Sisters Code, Technology Strategist- empowering women and girls in STEM and Life, and Excuse Annihilator.  As Chief Technology Mommy, Marlin shares online safety news to keep parents informed of what’s happening in the “online” world. Marlin also currently serves as a speaker for Microsoft’s Global DigiGirlz Program,  has been invited to lead a technology discussion at SXSW’s Interactive Festival, and serves as a speaker/panelist for a number of organizations.

 

 

Two New Miami High School students pleaded true today in Butler County Juvenile Court to an amended charge of attempted inducing panic for threats they made on Facebook. – See more at: http://www.oxfordpress.com/news/news/teens-accused-of-making-threats-on-facebook-in-cou/ncQqm/#sthash.jrNlBjMt.dpufT

Two New Miami High School students pleaded true today in Butler County Juvenile Court to an amended charge of attempted inducing panic for threats they made on Facebook.

The girls, ages 14 and 15, were arrested by Butler County Sheriff’s detectives after a teacher alerted administrators to some possibly threatening posts on Facebook.

The exchange between the girls expressed a dislike of the school and said “something about shooting,” said Sgt. Rick Bucheit.

The girls were originally charged with inducing panic, a second-degree felony, and making terroristic threats, a third-degree felony.

Detectives searched the teens’ homes and found no weapons. They also had no weapons at school

Bucheit said detectives will take posts on social media seriously, whether those writing them mean it as a joke or not.

Butler County Juvenile Court Judge Kathleen Romans sentenced both girls to probation. They are also to have no contact with each other, no access to social media and can only use the Internet under adult supervision.

Both girls must also complete a 20-hour work program and write an essay about appropriate use of social media.

The girls became emotional in the courtroom during sentencing, crying and apologizing for their actions.

The girls said the Facebook posts were meant as a joke, but they now realize the severity of their actions.

New Miami Superintendent David Gibson has previously said, “We will always take any threat seriously … We are always going to take steps to make sure our schools are safe.”

He added: “In today’s world, we listen to words and take them seriously.”

- See more at: http://www.oxfordpress.com/news/news/teens-accused-of-making-threats-on-facebook-in-cou/ncQqm/#sthash.jrNlBjMt.dpuf

Two New Miami High School students pleaded true today in Butler County Juvenile Court to an amended charge of attempted inducing panic for threats they made on Facebook.

The girls, ages 14 and 15, were arrested by Butler County Sheriff’s detectives after a teacher alerted administrators to some possibly threatening posts on Facebook.

The exchange between the girls expressed a dislike of the school and said “something about shooting,” said Sgt. Rick Bucheit.

The girls were originally charged with inducing panic, a second-degree felony, and making terroristic threats, a third-degree felony.

Detectives searched the teens’ homes and found no weapons. They also had no weapons at school

Bucheit said detectives will take posts on social media seriously, whether those writing them mean it as a joke or not.

Butler County Juvenile Court Judge Kathleen Romans sentenced both girls to probation. They are also to have no contact with each other, no access to social media and can only use the Internet under adult supervision.

Both girls must also complete a 20-hour work program and write an essay about appropriate use of social media.

The girls became emotional in the courtroom during sentencing, crying and apologizing for their actions.

The girls said the Facebook posts were meant as a joke, but they now realize the severity of their actions.

New Miami Superintendent David Gibson has previously said, “We will always take any threat seriously … We are always going to take steps to make sure our schools are safe.”

He added: “In today’s world, we listen to words and take them seriously.”

- See more at: http://www.oxfordpress.com/news/news/teens-accused-of-making-threats-on-facebook-in-cou/ncQqm/#sthash.jrNlBjMt.dpuf

 

 

nnnnTwo New Miami High School students pleaded true today in Butler County Juvenile Court to an amended charge of attempted inducing panic for threats they made on Facebook.

The girls, ages 14 and 15, were arrested by Butler County Sheriff’s detectives after a teacher alerted administrators to some possibly threatening posts on Facebook.

The exchange between the girls expressed a dislike of the school and said “something about shooting,” said Sgt. Rick Bucheit.

The girls were originally charged with inducing panic, a second-degree felony, and making terroristic threats, a third-degree felony.

Detectives searched the teens’ homes and found no weapons. They also had no weapons at school

Bucheit said detectives will take posts on social media seriously, whether those writing them mean it as a joke or not.

Butler County Juvenile Court Judge Kathleen Romans sentenced both girls to probation. They are also to have no contact with each other, no access to social media and can only use the Internet under adult supervision.

Both girls must also complete a 20-hour work program and write an essay about appropriate use of social media.

The girls became emotional in the courtroom during sentencing, crying and apologizing for their actions.

The girls said the Facebook posts were meant as a joke, but they now realize the severity of their actions.

New Miami Superintendent David Gibson has previously said, “We will always take any threat seriously … We are always going to take steps to make sure our schools are safe.”

He added: “In today’s world, we listen to words and take them seriously.”

- See more at: http://www.oxfordpress.com/news/news/teens-accused-of-making-threats-on-facebook-in-cou/ncQqm/#sthash.jrNlBjMt.dpuf

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