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Long Beach teen arrested in connection with threats against 4 classmates via Facebook

A Long Beach high school student was facing charges Friday in connection with threats against four classmates through a fictitious Facebook account, authorities said.

The 17-year-old boy allegedly set up a Facebook profile under a fake name and then used it to send threatening messages to four students at Millikan High School, said Sgt. Rico Fernandez of the Long Beach Police Department.

“Posting a threat online is no different than making a threat face-to-face,” Fernandez said.

The male student was arrested Thursday morning at his home in Long Beach. He also faces charges of obstruction of justice in connection with false information provided to police in an initial interview, Fernandez said.

He was later released to his parents’ custody. A preliminary investigation began last week when one of the alleged victims contacted police. Fernandez said he could not discuss the nature of the messages nor the teen's possible motive.

“The messages were pretty graphic, but I can’t get into specifics,” he said.

Police searched the boy's home Thursday and seized a computer and other electronic devices, Fernandez said.

Detectives were still working to review the suspect’s “current and fake” Facebook profiles, he said.

When the investigation is completed, it will be submitted to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office to determine whether to file formal charges.

Fernandez said the department wanted to caution teenagers on the dangers of using social networking websites inappropriately.

He urged Facebook users not to accept "Friend" requests from people they do not know.

“You give them access to everything, your photos and all your information,” he said.


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My father would have called this type of intimidation, bottle born courage, because people like this teen usually don't threaten someone to their face, unless they are given false courage through booze. In this case the false courage stems from being able to threaten anonymously. Only cowards do this.

These kids are idiots for accepting the friend request. And why let the threats continue. They should have deleted them on the spot.

The Long Beach community (including Belmont Shores) is ghetto and will always be a place that (educated and well to do) families should never live in. It's the gang element that is in the news everyday. Even if you live in the nice part of LB 5 miles away you get scum and crime.

The article reads that its no different between online threats and face to face threats. Am I now to believe that if I threaten to kick someones ass, I can go to jail for it, eventhough I didn't carry it out? WOW!!

“Posting a threat online is no different than making a threat face-to-face,” Fernandez said.

Sgt., you are in need of additional training. Please contact any member of the District Attorney's staff to have them explain the law to you.
In the interim, please refrain from making patently ludicrous public statements.
(sighs and weeps silently over how dumb cops can make themselves look by pretending they know the law)

Who cares, if the teen takes offense to it, oh well, its like passing letters in class, BIG DEAL!!
If a teen commits suicide over this, then i suggest the parent be taken into custody for child neglegance, seriously now. BIG DEAL!! get over it.

while maybe this is true...I can only wonder if perhaps this was his only way of having courage to "get back" maybe these 4 boys are bullying him in real life?...i wonder why 1 kid would threaten 4 kids....it doesn't add up to me for some reason...

“Posting a threat online is no different than making a threat face-to-face,” Fernandez said.

WRONG. Typical idiot cop logic, and typical idiot cop ignorance of the law. In order to be an actionable threat, there has to be a reason to believe that the defendant has the immediate means of carrying out the threat. Some stupid kid posting s*** talk on Facebook through a troll account is not exactly a credible threat of imminent harm.

"H" appears to be pretty full of himself or herself. A person who is truly well to do or well educated, wouldn't be trying to convince LA Times readers that they were such a person of distinction. Clearly that is not the case.

If these were still times when parents had any meaningful valuer other than their selfish, it's-all-about-me lives perhaps a good thrashing would stop that activity in its tracks. That's what my Dad would have done - beat my butt and instilled some fear into me about right and wrong. He taught me something about personal courage and about being a gutless coward. Pretty simple and it works. Now time for all good parents to get back to your television game shows, your missing Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? Its pretty obvious that few of you are.

Why does this all sound so familiar.....anyways kids are idiots these days for thinking that cussing and threatening other ppl online is acceptable. It just reflects stupidity and ignorance. Yes those kids should not have accepted that friend request. But the main enemy waS stupid also for thinking he could threaten them online and not think he would get charged due to his age. A threat is a threat and if u think ur cool For doing it, THINK again because it kist reflects Your anger management issues and also the fact that karma WILL bite you back.


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