Jeffersonville student accused of Facebook threat in court Wednesday

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by Johnny Archer

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 19 at 3:47 PM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- A 15-year-old boy from Jeffersonville High School is facing felony charges after making a comment on Facebook. The boy had his first appearance in juvenile court on Wednesday after he was arrested Tuesday and charged with two felonies. The student’s attorney stated that the boy was involved in an online discussion with several other people on the social media website.

“The discussions go back and forth. At one point there is a comment [by another user] that someone is going to shoot up the school,” Larry Wilder, who represents the boy said. “My client had one sentence, ‘I am the guy' smiley face.”

Police arrested the boy on Tuesday after the discussion stated that there was going to be a shooting at the school on December 21, which has been highly publicized as the end of the Mayan calendar.

Police say there is no evidence that any students or faculty were or are in any danger. But, officials are taking any rumor of this type very seriously, especially after Friday’s mass school shooting in Connecticut.

Wilder’s attorney spoke to several members of the media after his first court appearance to convey that his clients post on Facebook was harmless.

“You cannot make comments that can be misconstrued no matter how outrageous they are. ‘I am the guy' ...” Wilder said. “Now I am the guy sitting in detention at 15 [years old].”

Wilders says his client has never been in any legal trouble.
 

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