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Tweets gone bad

One of the problems with today's culture and our ability to constantly stay "plugged in" via our mobile phones, tablets, and other fancy tech devices is that it is often difficult to hide. It is also difficult to communicate the same message that an in person message may convey. That is why it is so important to be careful what you tweet, Facebook, or send in an email.

One Pennsylvania teen learned this lesson the hard way. While it is still unknown why he ended up tweeting the message he did, the results are obvious - two felony counts of making terroristic threats, an evacuated gym, and a suspended basketball game. The 18-year-old youth from Scranton apparently "threatened to blow up two schools if there was a Facebook or Twitter fight over the basketball game between Mid Valley High School and Holy Cross High School." His threatening tweet led to the game's evacuation and suspension and the youth was released on $20,000 unsecured bail.

The incident highlights how a young person's lack of filter can turn a passionate rivalry into something more - something dangerous and scary. Due to his actions, whether or not he had thought about what he was tweeting, he caused great turmoil and fear amidst the community and caused many precious resources to be tied up with his actions.

It will now take an aggressive criminal defense to show that certain penalties that may be attached to this crime might not fit the circumstances behind why he took the actions that he took. That is why it is imperative for those arrested for crimes take action quickly and seek out an attorney defense attorney whom they can trust. Their knowledge and skills will help guide you through the complex legalities of the justice system and they will be a zealous advocate on your behalf.

Source: thetimes-tribune.com, "Scranton Prep senior charged with terroristic threats for disruptive tweet," Laura Legere, Katie Sullivan and Rebekah Brown, Feb. 6, 2013

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