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Teens Using Social Media To Threaten Others

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Teens thinking of posting anonymous threats on social media need to know that publishing such threats can result in prosecution by the local district attorney according to Deputy Neal Holmes, a school resource officer in Yorba Linda.

 

Teens who publish these threats would not only have to take the account down, they would also be punished by their school if they are a student, according to Deputy Holmes. To get in trouble with the law enforcement, one would have to say something specific. Such as, posting a post with a date and a location. Deputy Holmes mentioned, “This would be considered a criminal threat and could be prosecuted by the OC district attorney. This is needed to meet the legal requirement of CPC – 422 Criminal threats.”

 

The Penal Code of California is one of the four California Codes that focuses on criminal law. “California Penal Code 422 PC defines the crime of “criminal threats” (formerly known as terrorist threats),” stated shouselaw.com. Threatening to harm someone is a “criminal threat”. One will get in trouble even if they were not attempting to harm anyone.

 

Earlier this year, the nation had experienced the fear of clown sightings and threats. This all started in the Southeast and worked its way around the whole nation. The first “sighting” was on August 29 in Greenville County, South Carolina. Residents at the Fleetwood Manor Apartments reported seeing a person wearing a clown costume and trying to convince children to go into the woods. “Sep. 21: A middle school girl in Athens, Georgia, is arrested after bringing a knife into school. She claims it was for protection against clown attacks,” stated ibtimes.com.

 

“To this point, in Yorba Linda area there has not been any clown sightings. To me this means that there are a lot of people being “copy cats” and trying to be funny or at least trying to be funny. Due to this lack of activity, I do not believe there is any real threat people should be fearful of,” stated Deputy Neal Holmes, a school resource officer in Yorba Linda.
Some ways to feel secure is keeping your distance, watching their behavior, and notifying an adult. “We have so many things in life to worry about. Why must it be cluttered up by yet another issue,” Deputy Holmes said.

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19 Responses to “Teens Using Social Media To Threaten Others”

  1. lol on January 10th, 2017 8:51 am

    Good job!!

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  2. Meagan Boots on January 20th, 2017 1:16 pm

    This article was very informative and very well put together. You made it very clear of consequences that could happen if you posted something threatening. Good job!

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  3. Amal on January 20th, 2017 1:18 pm

    After reading you article, I would like to know more about how they track the account if it has no name, address, number, etc. on the account info page.

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  4. mackenzie on January 20th, 2017 1:29 pm

    After reading your article, I would like to say that I find this very interesting because I have social media but have thankfully never experienced this

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  5. Stephanie on January 22nd, 2017 5:55 pm

    Your article is amazing Jocelyn!

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  6. Krissy Kuwahara on January 23rd, 2017 5:05 pm

    Great article, its very well written.

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  7. Hafsa Nasir on January 24th, 2017 5:39 pm

    This article was very informative because it stated how social media is affecting people’s lives and posts on social media are ending up to be very threatening.

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  8. Karina Di Ponio on January 25th, 2017 12:05 pm

    This article is very interesting and very good.

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  9. Josh Moore on January 25th, 2017 5:30 pm

    I enjoyed this article because I learned that making threatening social media posts is a crime.

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    Josh Reply:

    HAHAHAHHAHAHAH karma m8 sucked to be you. Now u know!

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  10. Erin Lee on January 25th, 2017 10:29 pm

    I enjoyed reading your article because I learned how teens could abuse social media and use it in a dangerous, or threatening way. Great job!

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  11. Nyomi Mansoor on January 30th, 2017 10:29 am

    I really enjoyed reading this article because now I have learned how some teens use social media beyond what it is suppose to be used for.

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  12. Matt Kim on January 30th, 2017 2:51 pm

    I liked this article because it is dangerous if an older person tries to threaten you.

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  13. Ella Harshman on February 2nd, 2017 5:42 pm

    I really love how I read this and got a lot of information and at the same time you were very strong and to the point. good job!!!!

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  14. Sunny Cheng on February 2nd, 2017 6:51 pm

    I was surprised to learn that threats on social media could result in crime.

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  15. Marine Barret on February 2nd, 2017 7:19 pm

    Nice Job Jocelyn!

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  16. Matthew Nguyen on February 2nd, 2017 9:01 pm

    After reading your article, I would like to know more about how involved the government itself can become if the matter becomes very serious. How deep would they start to go if they saw it as a form of a national threat?

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  17. Matthew Nguyen on February 2nd, 2017 9:02 pm

    After reading your article, I would like to know more about how involved the government itself can become if the matter becomes very serious. How deep would they start to go if they saw a post as a form of a national threat?

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  18. Kailie McKinney on February 28th, 2017 9:14 am

    It is a shame that many kids these days are bullying others over the internet, thinking that they won’t get in trouble. Hopefully people will start focusing on this topic

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