Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Threats against students, schools no longer kid stuff

Attention, kids. Be careful what you post on social media.

Our lead story today should offer fair warning. In these days with the horror of Newtown, Conn., still so fresh in our minds, authorities are not offering any second chances when it comes to making threats involving schools.

District Attorney Jack Whelan made that much clear yesterday when he filed criminal charges against a 12-year-old Ridley middle school student who had posted threatening messages on Facebook. The post named several students and staff, and indicated he was bringing a weapon to school and planned to gun them down.

Big mistake.

This is no longer considered kid stuff.

Even though it was considered a hoax, Whelan made it clear it’s not going to be tolerated.

“We take anything that threatens a child in a school of otherwise very seriously and we act accordingly,” Whelan said.

You’ve been warned.



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