Teen taken into custody for Facebook comment

Teen taken into custody for Facebook comment


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville teen was taken into custody after being accused of making threatening comments on Facebook.

Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk tells 6 News the 15-year-old boy made a remark related to last Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

A woman in Connecticut who did not know the teen personally tipped police off about the post on Sunday.

She said the teen had shared her photo tribute to one of the victims with a threat that something similar would happen here in Knoxville.

"It was a threat, a direct threat that was made on the Facebook page that the same thing was going to happen here and you have to take those things very seriously," DeBusk said. "Apparently there's been several cases, similar cases across the country, even another one in Tennessee that occurred earlier this week where a 19-year-old was also charged."

Police spoke to both the teen and his parents about the post. The boy was already on juvenile probation for an unrelated incident.

DeBusk said a judge ordered him remanded back into custody and additional counseling was ordered for the teen.

He said that in light of the recent Connecticut shooting they are taking every threat like this seriously.

They are asking members of the public to report anything they consider suspicious.

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