Teens making online threats; Experts say they don’t realize the serious consequences

WACH FOX, 5 DEC. 2017, FEAT. MARGARET BODMAN:

Over the last few weeks, several local teens have been arrested after being accused of making threats online. The punishment can be serious, and experts say young people don’t seem to realize it. The wrong message in Facebook posts, Tweets and Snapchats could lead to jail time.

In just the past month, Richland County deputies have arrested a 14-year old accused of creating a fake internet profile to harass other students. A 16-year-old is charged with threatening to blow up Columbia High School in a Facebook post. Finally, a 17-year-old was arrested after deputies say he used Facebook to say he would shoot up Lower Richland High School.

Attorney Margaret Bodman with the Children’s Law Center in Columbia says simple words online can lead to an array of consequences.

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