A 15-year-old Zion high school sophomore is the latest teen to be taken in by police after posting what some would consider a threatening comment on social media, Yahoo News reported on July 15.
Although Mark quickly deleted the post, several people had already taken screenshots of it, with the group Anonymous turning him into local police.
Anonymous wasn’t the only one paying attention to the disturbing tweet. The police also received calls from Kansas, the FBI, and Fox News who told Zion they heard it from someone who called it in from Washington.
Zion Police Department Deputy Chief Steve Dumyahn said the Zion-Benton Township High School sophomore will now have to face the fury of his parents.
“Why you taking it serious?” Mark asked those who were questioning his social media comment.
Mark was released into the custody of his parents, charged with a Class 4 felony for disorderly conduct. Police said the threats weren’t a big concern, because Mark had no weapons and no way to get a hold of weapons.
This case had sparked outrage in the Justin Carter incident, where Justin was thrown in jail on February 14 for making a threat on a Facebook page.
Like Mark, Justin couldn’t understand why everyone was blowing the comment out of proportion. Like Mark, Justin had no weapons.
Justin also didn’t live near a school, as was reported to police by the person who turned him in. He had since moved out of his father’s home, where he shared an apartment and had a job. He’s suffered physical and emotional damage that will stay with him for life.
Justin has a trial date for July 16, where his family hopes his case is dismissed. A Good Samaritan paid his $500,000 bond last week so he could be released from jail.
Readers, do you think it’s right that Mark was questioned and released while Justin sat in jail for four months? Do you believe Mark being younger, he wasn’t considered a danger to anyone?
Keep in mind there have been plenty of school shootings, as well as drive-by shootings, by teens even younger than Mark.
Or do you believe threats made on social media should be taken in stride, because most of the time someone is just blowing off steam, and not out to actually kill anyone?
Parents, please warn your children about the very real danger of making threats using social media. There are many out there who don’t find these posts amusing.
Your comments are welcome.