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Texas Boy In Serious Trouble For Threatening Local Student On Internet

Local investigators were working with authorities in Texas to determine what charges might be filed against the youth.

This local story is a chilly reminder of what can happen when kids post on the Internet. While not all children would post such a thing, the story begs the question: Do kids (and many adults for that matter) understand the ramifications of some irresponsible posts and text messages?

WILDOMAR, CA -- A Texas 12-year-old is facing possible charges for allegedly threatening to shoot a Perris middle school student and blow up the school, a sheriff's sergeant said.

Deputies were sent to Lakeside Middle School around 12:35 p.m. Thursday after learning that an unknown suspect posted on an Internet message board a threat to shoot a student and blow up the school, said Sgt. Ryan Hoxmeier.

Sheriff's investigators served a series of search warrants to Internet service providers and on Friday learned the message was posted by a 12-year-old living in Texas, Hoxmeier said.

"Investigators worked with Texas law enforcement authorities to identify and contact the juvenile," Hoxmeier said. "The suspect admitted guilt and has since forwarded an apology letter. At this time, it does not appear the suspect or victim knew one another prior to this incident."

Local investigators were working with authorities in Texas to determine what charges might be filed against the youth, he said. --City News Service

steven Jacobs February 02, 2013 at 09:42 PM
step one. Take ALL guns from his home
Csmith February 02, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Step two. Allow him to remain online so he can learn how to build a bomb as they are less dangerous than guns.
mike February 02, 2013 at 10:48 PM
He needs to be removed from society ,treat him in a secure facility behind walls ,if he improves fine if not let him rot there,, Make an example out of a couple these kids and the rest will not act out, As it is now they think and rightly so that the criminal justice center is a joke
Arthur Spooner February 02, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Maybe stop letting him watch violent movies and no more video games. Video games are a big piece of this puzzle.
One Voice February 03, 2013 at 01:56 AM
So he was going to blow up a school in Perris the article says, so why did they shake down Lakeside High??? I agree with Arthur, take the violence out of video games and movies that would be a good start.
Michele Lee Denning February 03, 2013 at 03:02 AM
How about mandatory classes for correct/ safe and legal Internet use provided by the schools starting very young - maybe 5th grade. AND classes on what happens when it is misused and one makes threats. No one would be allowed to use Internet until they pass these tests!
Marcheal Gideon February 03, 2013 at 03:33 AM
Of course people like you would say this,so how much do they pay you for helping throw kids in jail.
Marcheal Gideon February 03, 2013 at 03:34 AM
Please don't throw him in jail with violent offenders,even though prosecutors are already doing they are helping to create criminals not stop them.
Gail Piano February 03, 2013 at 01:21 PM
There needs to be more of a consequence than a written apology. He should be in school, but in the principal's office doing work and eating lunch. Suspension is just a short vacation. He should be given 50 hours of community service that will be done after school and/or on Saturday. Finally no computer privileges.
kenneth hulsey February 03, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Take it seriously. A 12 year kid can kill you with a gun or a bomb and you will be just as dead as if it were a 50 year old man. I agree with Mike. Make an example out of a few and the rest will get the message.
Katydid February 03, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Or he's been watching the news and listening to his parents and school talk about all the other kids who became famous by threatening, or shooting, or killing, and being a typical 12 year old, thought he would put something "out there" to be cool.
LBV Collins February 03, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Humph... I wonder what topic they were discussing that prompted the 12-year-old Texas child to make such a threat?
Ty February 03, 2013 at 10:04 PM
If only all childhood trash talk were made public and brought charges.
Vic February 03, 2013 at 10:14 PM
An apology letter??? I agree that there has too be a much stiffer consequence or no lesson will be learned. We all know not to joke about or even mention the words bomb or gun when we're at an airport. If we do, we pay the price and it can be a big one. Make this kid understand that now and we may head off something terrible further down the road.
LEMagx3 February 04, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Some of you must have forgotten your childhood, or don't have any kids. Kids will say things without thinking, as will adults some times. I think past behavior, and maybe some counseling may help change any possible bad future...or maybe it was a stupid mistake made by a KID. I have kids and they have said things they shouldn't and done things that they shouldn't have WITHOUT THINKING and not because they are some nut job. Or not because the movies or video games made them do it. My kids were taught that movies and video games are FAKE...if you try any of it for real..there are consequences. If people take more responsibility for raising their kids the right way then some of the issues we have seen would be avoided.
N1smo2go February 06, 2013 at 07:50 PM
@ LEMagx3, You are making too much sense, parenting is too much of a non-paying second job to men and women that are parents by the mere fact that they have a chld. If people decide on their own accord to be responsible, then we wouldn't be having this discussion. The lack of moral decency, civility and common sense in this country is eroding away daily. The blame is never on the person or the parents but inanimate objects that parents put in front of children instead of themselves. I have two children of my own, I work full time, go to school full time, married and I am tired all of the time, but I don't pass the buck on my kids. Children by decision or unplanned, should and always be the number 1 priority for parents and it's a shame that now many peopel look at them as a burden or an inconvenience to their "bigger" plans in life, and this is why there is such a problem with children today.
Kyle Murphy March 28, 2013 at 05:32 AM
Thank you for asking an intelligent question! It's like people react without asking for any context for a situation at all.

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