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.