Student Arrested For Making Threat Via Twitter
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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) A student was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly using his Twitter account as a platform to communicate a threatening message.
According to reports, Galena Park ISD officials received a tip from the FBI Tuesday morning, and arrested the North Shore High School student for making a terrorist threat which was posted on Twitter.
Although the nature of the threat was not disclosed, it was serious enough for authorities to arrest the student. It was further determined that the student did not have the means or ability to carry out the threat he posted on the social networking site. The student was arrested without incident at his home on Tuesday around 7:30 a.m.
With no one being harmed during the incident, school officials as well as law enforcement sectors are reminding students as well as the general public of the consequences for posting threatening messages on social networking sites.
While sites such as Twitter and Facebook are tools many use for communication and staying connected to others, officials warn that certain messages that are written by account holders could be against the law and could result in jail or prison time. Law enforcement officials suggest contacting them should there be question about potentially offensive or unlawful messages.
The student who made the terrorist threat on Twitter was charged with a terroristic threat which is a felony.