Gloucester County Teen Charged For Sending Violent Threats Through Facebook

MULLICA HILL, N.J. (CBS) – Gloucester County prosecutors announced Monday they found the person responsible for sending violent threats through Facebook, back in October, to several students from Clearview Regional High School in Mullica Hill.

“A 16-year-old Clearview student was charged yesterday arising out of a joint investigation,” said Prosecutor Sean Dalton.

“Thank God because in this day and age, we should be able to find out who these people are,” said parent Dana Minore.

Investigators say the juvenile created a Facebook profile page using a fake name and began threatening students.

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“The postings range from blasting people in the school, acts of physical violence, and other disturbing comments,” said Dalton.

“We’re obviously disappointed he was involved in this type of activity,” said Superintendent John Horchack III.

The incident at Clearview was only the beginning. Police linked the suspect, to falsely reporting a shooting at a restaurant in Mantua, New Jersey and authorities say he harassed people over the phone.

The accused student, who has been charged as a juvenile, didn’t say why he did it. The fact that he got caught sends a message.

“If you’re not going to say it to someone’s face, better not do it online,” said Dalton.

Just like the act of committing a crime using a computer, authorities can often times track the crime right back to the source, as they did in this case.

Reported by Jericka Duncan, CBS 3

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One Comment

  1. Hondacop says:

    So facebook is patrolled amd protected by the police. Did it occur to anyone to perhaps TURN OFF THE COMPUTER?

    Enjoy the nanny state while the bonfds tighten around your wrists

  2. John C says:

    Internet 101 – if you post it they can find you.

  3. Ornley Gumfudgen says:

    So ya won’t get caught if ya use an anonymous proxy. Right! Please please go on believin that. It makes my job all that much easier ta find ya. Thair’s no such thangas anonymous proxy any more. Cover yer tracks if ya thank it will do ya any good, which it won’t. An just cus ya may have slid by once don’t mean yer truly anonymous. They were just not interested enough with ya ta do anythang about it.

    But please don’t believe me and continue to do it.

    Prosecute him and incarcerate him. Don’t reward him by hiring him and making him a hero to the other cretins that stoop to this level of stupidity.

  4. Candice Lynn says:

    The only thing you can do right now to stop reading hateful posts is to “BLOCK” the poster.

    That’s it.

  5. JJ says:

    wow, you actually charged the kid. well like the soviet union, we can lock up all these kids… Life ruined because grow ups had the kids arrested.

    Nice job Americans

    1. Van says:

      So the kid is supposed to be let go because being punished would ruin his life? Are you serious?

      I can think of plenty of peoples lives who were ruined because they weren’t properly punished or disciplined growing up.

    2. Brad says:

      you’re an idiot

    3. humbleone says:

      So he shouldn’t be punished because he’s a kid? We should blame the grown ups because his life is ruined? Because he, of his own accord, did this.. no one made him do it.. His life is ruined because of HIS OWN (read that carefully and try to understand it) actions.. it’s no one else’s fault he got himself in this mess..Would you be saying the same thing if he’d killed one of those other kids? ” oh, don’t lock him up, it’s the adults fault anyway, he’s just a kid”… Brilliant thinking there JJ.. you wouldn’t by chance be ” a kid” would you?

      1. dave413 says:

        Of course he is! Well, most likely he is, anyway. In either case, he certainly SOUNDS like a kid. Hell hath no fury like a kid who’s had his toy taken away. And cracking down on the irresponsible and delinquent behavior of these nitwits is just that: taking their toy away. ;)

  6. Renny says:

    Making terroristic threats is a felony. Among all the non-skills and non-academic drivel being taught in public schools, someone should be teaching that 1) actions have consequences, 2) the “privacy” so enforced by confidentiality laws among professional educators does not apply to real life outside school, 3) you are not always entitled to just any opinion, and 4) often what you post on the net anywhere is around forever and could years later by accessed to deny you a job application or certification in your chosen career.

    1. jack-o says:


      I agree that it would be wise to teach our children that they will be held accountable for their actions.

      I disagree completely with you, however, when you say that “you are not always entitled to just any opinion”. I am entitled to hold and express any opinion that suits me, as are you, as was the moron who finds himself at the center of this story.

      The point isn’t that he’s not entitled to his OPINION, it’s that he was physically THREATENING people.

      There is a large distinction between the two. I may disagree wholeheartedly with your opinion, but I’ll defend your right to express it anyway.

      When you start threatening people, on the other hand, you’re on your own and asking for an *ss whooping.

  7. MeanJeep says:

    Is BALONEY what you have between your ears? Get a clue before posting tripe! Anonymous is meaningless since your IP address can be tracked right back to your PC in most situations and it takes some work to hide, which most naive street punks remain ignorant about.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Not true, most of those kids could figure out how to use a proxy. It takes a pretty miniscule amount of computer literacy to prevent being traced.

      1. VPSLIST says:

        You can still get caught with a proxy. How do you think all these hackers get caught? It’s really stupid when you use a proxy in the same country because you do not clearly understand jurisdiction. Remember that kid who hacked Sarah Palin’s email account? He used a web based proxy and posted screenshots, which showed an ID hash in the URL and the owner of the proxy found the logs after the FBI contacted him.

        You need to educate yourself on what you can and can’t do with a proxy before you assume you’re an expert on the issue.

  8. Frog Prince says:

    ” authorities can often times track the crime right back to the source”

    BALONEY……..if I don’t want you to know who I am I can always post by anonymous proxy. This person got caught because he didn’t post anonymously not because of any special IT talent in the hands of those looking for him.

    1. TC.M says:

      ridiculous comment, “froggie” and obviously not made by someone in the business of digital forensics (which I am). Hiding online is not as easy as you seem to think and certainly not as easy as using a proxy for your browsing. Please discuss things that you are actually familiar with.

    2. Digits says:

      TCM-right on the mark there. I wonder where these “genius” teen-agers posting here get their info. The safe bet is from some other kids blog and wikipedia. Absolutely disheartening.

    3. KipNoxzema says:

      Once you start typing on a website, you’re leaving a digital trail behind. These punks chuckle when they go into the chat rooms and cause trouble and think they can take it a step further, without getting caught.

      Then a cop is knocking on their door.

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