School Threat Delivered Through MySpace
- By Paul McCloskey
A 17-year-old Minnesota high school student was charged last month with a felony after she allegedly hacked into a student's MySpace page and threatened to bring a gun to school to "kill everyone,” according to a story in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
The Oct. 10 incident involving Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City High School in Grove City, MN, led administrators to lock down the school and call law enforcement. The girl had found the password to the ACGC student's MySpace account and sent messages to friends on the page saying she planned to bring a gun to school, the newspaper reported.
Investigators tracked her down with the cooperation of MySpace and arrested her.
ACGC principal Sherri Broderius told the Star-Tribune that the incident shows what students do outside of school can have alarming results. "Kids hide in the privacy of their own rooms," she said. "They think no one else is ever going to find out."
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Paul McCloskey is contributing editor of Syllabus.