Ohio Teen Arrested After Posing With Gun, Posting Threats On Facebook Following School Shooting

MANTUA, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) – Just one day after a school shooting devastated Chardon High School in Ohio, a local teen was arrested after posting a new Facebook profile picture that showed him posing with an assault rifle.

The Portage County Sheriff’s Office apprehended the 17-year-old Crestwood High School student on Tuesday morning, after several concerned citizens called in about the image.

Some of his posts also reportedly raised concerns.

Lt. Gregory A. Johnson of the Portage County Sheriff’s Office told CBS Cleveland that the student had, on multiple occasions, posted status updates that celebrated school violence.

“I’m close to going on a stabbing spree,” one post, written on Feb. 22, said. “I can’t take some of these people anymore.”

“Who agrees with their friend that it’s a good idea to shoot up a school?” the teen wrote just hours after the school shooting that has claimed three lives so far.

Students reportedly expressed concern to school officials, who alerted the local authorities. He was arrested as soon as he arrived on campus.

The student’s social networking page has allegedly since been shut down.

He will now face two counts of inducing panic, one count each of aggravated menacing and telecommunications harassment. All of the charges are first-degree misdemeanors.

At present, he is being held at the Portage/Geauga County Juvenile Detention Facility, and appeared in court on Feb. 29.


One Comment

  1. Charlton Heston says:

    If he had brought that gun to school the day before, perhaps a few lives would have been saved.

    1. The NRA says:

      You can’t take my gun because someone else snapped and shot someone. Well, you can try…

      1. Slippy says:

        He was auditioning for a T S A job to be an Officer with a Badge, and once they realized that, they let him go. In order to be hired, a person must show some act of complete stupidity, or they are rejected.

    2. fred says:

      was the school shooter on anything, like prozac, ridalin, etc.? in almost all of these cases the kid is whacked out of his mind on doctor prescribed drugs.

      1. Rotisserie says:

        If he’s white. If he’s black, then he’s a bad kid. Isn’t that the way it goes?!

      2. Kaitara says:

        WTH did you reply to the wrong post. No where did Fred say or even infer anything about race. Just sitting there waiting to pounce on someone with that tired out, worn out race card eh? The way it goes, irregardless of race, is that some kids are bullied, some are on drugs by choice, some are out of control, some are ion gangs, some are on prescribed drugs… go take your race baiting butt to another post.

    3. Mike Mazzla says:

      Dude a comment like that is so ridiculous its sad. So you think now having school kids carry guns to school would be a good idea. Please you are making yourself look like an idiot.

      1. Dog says:

        School shooters on college campuses have been killed by well armed students.

        My cousins school has a rifle range in the basement, but that is in the country where kids have responsibilities unlike city kids.

      2. SpinSpinSpinSpin says:

        So much of the news is completely made up after the coup and cover up. Unelected officials took over Washington and the media for domestic spying.

        This next “election” is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.

        The cover up is exposed here

      3. asdfasd says:

        You’re an imbecile, mikey

    4. Steve the CGIS 1811 says:

      He should have been interviewed with his parents present and if after that he still presented a imminent danger then locked up in a psych ward for a complete evaluation. The USSS has an internet threat desk that operates 24/7 and send agents from regional field offices to do just these assessments. Be careful what you say about POTUS or (PID) USSS will come a knocking. Right Forest?

      1. FriendOfSpin says:

        Interesting government agent. They should slam into him with cars, pick him up by his neck, kidnap him, treat him like a terrorist, tell him he has no rights, and then end by threatening to kill his entire family. What do you think about that big brother? This is just another made up story like most of your propaganda posted here for domestic spying. Be careful what you say too, clown.

      2. truther says:

        oh you mean like our govt does to anyone who opposes them. thats why we need to rise up and kill the oppressors revolutionary war style. they are enemy combatants lets torture each and every one of the while raping and killing their family’s in front o them see how many deaths it takes to make the reconsider… i was ready last year when our govt almost fell apart, was in touch with a few thousand military people in my area, its funny because THEY ALL AGREED TO MY PLAN.🙂 our time will come. i had corporals and sergeants all in line with me and it took less that a day to org.😉 they are going to fall really soon.

      3. Steve the CGIS 1811 says:

        “Be careful what you say too, clown” LTFOL

    5. moreco2 says:

      Would somebody please tell CBS (fake but accurate) that it wasn’t an “assault rifle”. CBS has no clue what an assault rifle is. CBS uses the term all the time and gets away with it because Americans are really really dumb. CBS is in the tank for the Demoncrats. Why does CBS still exist?

  2. blas says:

    still a violation of his right to free speech – no one had to read his crap – much like Obama.

    1. A Masters In Poli-Sci says:

      His comments and posts present a ‘clear and present danger’ to his peers and the public and is NOT a violation. This was established by Schenk v. The United States in the Supreme Court. Open a history book before you want to make comments like this.

      1. David Kramer says:

        So tell me, if I create a movie about assassinating Obama, would that be a threat?

      2. John Tokalenko says:

        More like a Masters in BS.

        Brandenburg v. Ohio says this is protected speech.

      3. Bill says:

        It’s a real stretch to take those comments and call them a clear and present danger, and that’s even taking them out of whatever context they were in. To rhetorically ask “who agrees… its okay to shoot up a school?” is not the same as saying, tomorrow I’m going to go to my school and shoot people. The schoool can ban him from coming back until an assessment is made. The school can alert his parents. But there’s no cause for arrest and charging him with a crime. The only crime here was committed by the police.

      4. Sara Cofresi says:

        I don’t have “A Masters in Poli-Sci” but I agree with him! I think “blas” is rather blase about “clear and present danger…and thinking in too narrow a scope!

      5. DLS77 says:

        Why don’t YOU read a book … Schenck v. United States was overturned in 1969 by Brandenburg v. Ohio

      6. james g says:

        Are you out of your mind? Suggesting that a WW1 case has some relationship to this?

        Open a law book before you comment.

        A masters in poli-sci? I doubt it. You might have a doctorate in BS, though.

      7. The Methius says:

        Hey Masters,

        Check your grammar and your law!

      8. Mitch Ruth says:

        I think definitely some closer scrutiny by school officials and teachers is justified…charging the young man with a crime may not be and will probably be counterproductive. Of course we don’t know all the details…

      9. Jeremy says:

        Just because the Supreme Court passes a decision does not mean it is right. Clear and present would suggest intent. In the posts listed from his page, there is nothing showing clear intent to commit a crime. Clearly he has the means, but that does not automatically infer that he will utilize those means. Your reflection on this issue is plain opinion. The fact remains that his rights were violated pre-emptively without cause minus fear from individuals. There is a reason why mob-rule is illegal and is frowned upon in this country. Salem witch trials, all of the pre-Civil Rights era, list goes on.

      10. Akcita says:

        His comments do not represent a “Clear and Present Danger”.

        The problem with text communication, it lacks context that is usually conveyed through tone, facial expression, volume, and gestures.

        Is it possible that any of these comments were sarcasm? Hell yes, and last I heard that was indeed protected by the first Amendment.

        If the police actually books this guy and they try to prosecute, they will lose their hat and asses in court, and then lose in a wrongful prosecution case.

        This technology has been around for a long enough time that they understand the nuances of the law, and can act appropriately.

      11. vb says:

        Schenk v The US was upheld because of the espionage act? try again.

      12. Shannon says:

        Where is the ACLU on this one? Comments cannot be a danger to anyone. Words cannot hurt someone. There was cause for concern but rather than an arrest for using his first and second ammendment rights, he should have been questioned by his parents and school counselors. Maybe even have the police put the fear of God into him. If there was some concern about his mental stability then he could have been referred for help. It seems to me that this was more of a cry for attention.

      13. Pockets64 says:

        Funny how the guy who lectured blas to “open an history book before [making] comments” should screw up the precedent, the grounds, and the case so severely. Citing an overturned case that refers to wartime anti-government propaganda with regards to a civil case such as this does not speak well for your masters nor the institution that granted it to you.

      14. RealistMe says:

        Define “clear and present danger”, is there any chance that this could be interpreted to persecute those a politician disagrees with? Just because it’s written in a history book or there was a court case that decided one way or another does not make it legit. Any close observer of the recent bills making their way through congress will recognize that they are indeed writing them in vague, non-threatening language that could and probably will be used for political purposes later.

      15. Masters in Poli-Sci says:

        I apologize for my comment, I had a bit too much to drink last night and decided to read the news (never a good idea)…Brandburg did overturn Schenk. So I am 110% in the wrong (never thought you’d see a news commenter say that, did ya?)

      16. Marty Kay Zee says:

        Try this one: Go to any random graduation ceremony, rush the stage and grab a microphone, point to the back of the audience and yell “LOOK OUT – HE’S GOT A GUN.”

        I this protected speech?

      17. Marty Kay Zee says:

        Try this one: Go to any random graduation ceremony, rush the stage and grab a microphone, point to the back of the audience and yell “LOOK OUT – HE’S GOT A GUN.”

        Is this protected speech?

      18. Joe says:

        What about Brandenburg v. Ohio?

    2. Anonymouse says:

      Ideations to inflict harm on yourself or others is grounds for being placed into custody. Nobody has a right to make violent threats because it’s impossible to know whether or not they actually intend to act on those threats. Look at Columbine. Those boys dropped numerous hints that were shrugged off by teachers, parents, and classmates. Had somebody stepped in and pulled either of them aside for a serious evaluation it’s possible that the Columbine tragedy could have been avoided entirely, and it wouldn’t have required the asinine move of allowing students and teachers to carry firearms onto campus, either.

      1. Melissa says:

        I completely agree!

    3. Melissa says:

      You must have lost your mind and you mut not have children in schools or have any compassion for children. He has a right to free speach and he has a right to be arrested for being an idiot and alarming people due to the recent shooting and comments he has made.

  3. The Fish says:

    Any good attorney will have these charges dropped immediately.

    What the hell is “inducing panic” and “aggravated menacing”?? And who exactly did he harass over telecommunications?

    1. dbeall says:

      I was thinking the same thing. No way these charges stick.

    2. Brian says:

      If you do not know what they are then how are you so sure a “good attorney” wold or could get the charges dropped immediately….


    3. TEWS Pilot says:

      It falls into the same category as “aggravated loitering with intent to commit mopery”.

    4. laffin'atcha says:

      This weekend walk into a crowded theater and start screaming fire. You’ll learn real quick what inducing panic is AND that the first amendment doesn’t allow anyone to say anything whenever they want…

      1. james g says:

        That;s stupid. This has nothing to do with walking in anywhere and screaming anything. Nobody is required to read the kid’s facebook comments.

        If you go to his facebook page to read his dopey comments, and then you go into a panic, that is your fault.

        If you don’t go to his facebook page, maybe you can stay calm. Maybe.

      2. Arch says:

        If you have the permission of the theater owner, you may scream anything you want.

    5. Bill says:

      Except, he didn’t yell fire in a crowded theater. He didn’t yell anything, anywhere. In fact, he made no overt or specific threats at all.

    6. james g says:

      Yes, but the problem is that he needs to get a lawyer for this nonsense. And he has been deprived of his liberty.

      Now, we are seeing exactly how government uses an event like 9-11 to steal our freedoms, little by little.

      It just keeps getting worse, doesn’t it?

    7. William Preston says:

      The Fish Posted

      Any good attorney will have these charges dropped immediately.

      What the hell is “inducing panic” and “aggravated menacing”?? And who exactly did he harass over telecommunications?

      Then it’s his RIGHT to go out an shoot up the school after being released!
      Thank god for good lawyers!! NOT!

      1. bh says:

        No one is saying he has a right to shoot people. All they are saying is that he has the right to be incredibly stupid.

    8. truther says:

      yup hes out today. with a lawsuit to make him rich in hand LOL stupid pigs.

    9. Melissa says:

      If you dont know what aggravated menacing is…look it up before you start running your mouth

  4. Bob says:

    Facebook is for LOSERS…….

    1. Larry Young says:

      That is an understatement!

    2. SomeDude68 says:

      And sheeple.

  5. StanM says:

    If “inducing panic, one count each of aggravated menacing and telecommunications harassment” are chargeable crimes, then the President and every last one of the GOP hopefuls ought to be arrested.

    1. russ in nc says:

      No one induces panic more than Obama.

  6. Oregon says:

    This is a clear violation of this minor’s civil rights — free speech.

    He didn’t indicate he was going to do something, he asked questions. Even more, there’s nothing wrong with him having a photo posted showing him holding a weapon.

    1. Cavalier says:

      “I’m close to going on a stabbing spree,” one post, written on Feb. 22, said. “I can’t take some of these people anymore.”

      Where is the question mark there?

      They have enough to arrest him and attempt to take him to court. They might not have enough to convict him, but you are being melodramatic saying it is a violation of his civil rights. Even if the charges are dropped I am glad this obviously disturbed student is getting the psych attention and treatment he needs.

      As a teacher, if I taught at this school, I would feel much safer going to work tomorrow with this child behind bars; rather than planning a follow up to his “friend’s” first act.

      1. David V says:

        This is exactly why teachers teach and don’t “do”. Sorry, but the law doesn’t exist just so that you can “feel safer”. It exists to protect the rights of everyone. And I’m saying that as a former police officer myself. We don’t put people “behind bars” to make you feel better.

      2. Dave says:

        Ah yes! Thought crime. It’s double plus ungood.

      3. james g says:

        It’s not about you feeling safer, calmer, happier, or anything else. It is not about your emotions.

        It is about freedom. You are more of a threat than this goofy kid is. You would deprive someone of their liberty for a post on a facebook page. You think that “someone” from the government should step in and save everybody from some kid’s rant on facebook. Sure, put him in jail. Lock him up. So that you will “feel” better.

        You are the threat– not the kid.

      4. Missouri_Mule says:

        If I was a teacher (oh, wait I am!) I would feel better if I could carry my lawfully owned concealed firearm to school!

      5. chris in nc says:

        Tell ya what Cavalier, when Eric Holder arrests the Black Panthers for standing in front of a Philadelphia voting location with billy clubs and military clothing clearly intimidating voters, then we can begin to have a discussion about whether this boy’s actions are even remotely close to a crime.

        When Eric Holder opens his records about gun running into Mexico that resulted in the death of one of our Border Agents, then we can have a discussion about this child.

        As a teacher, if you taught at this school, you would feel much safer going to work if you were allowed to concealed carry for your own and your students’ protection. Removing one student does not remove the next threat.

        Behind bars? For what? Saying things of the same flavor you probably say to drivers who cut you off in the morning?

        Should the child be questioned? Yes.

        His parents questioned? Definitely – they are responsible for both his upbringing, his current behavior and his access to social media.

        Arrested? No. This is a lawsuit waiting to happen, and I hope he slams down hard on the thought police.

      6. LiveFree says:

        Knowing that you are in the classroom makes me feel very uneasy. The damage that you are doing to the young people’s minds is astounding.

      7. Delynnyia says:

        So when do they arrest Samir Shabazz of the NBPP for openly saying he wants to kill white babies?

      8. Locke says:

        The real danger is the psychotic liberals who has tunred this country into a prison camp.

      9. Slippotey says:

        We should lock up all public school teachers for a week. That would protect millions of kids from liberal groupthink for one week, which would be far more productive to our society, than what the kids would learn from leftists like this teacher.

    2. Bill says:

      Exactly. I’m surprised there’s no story on what his parents intend to do, a quote from his lawyer. Does he even have one? Or, is there a city ordinance repealing the Sixth Amendement as well?

      1. PrivacyInA9M80 says:

        They didn’t need a city ordinance. They already had the NDAA.

  7. The Fish says:

    Ok, the kid should probably have been talked to by school officials. Calling the cops was way overboard. Does everyone think that government is always the answer to every little tiny small problem? I hope the cops get sued for violating his rights and I hope the school officials get fired for incompetence. And yea, maybe get the kid to talk to a therapist. Or better yet, let him grow up a little bit.

    1. woodNfish says:

      This is how public schools work now. They are no longer allowed to discipline the kids so now they just get the police involved and the kids get arrested and they get criminal records.

      This is why public schools should be done away with and we all go to tuition vouchers to send your kids to the school of your choice.

  8. Kolgoroth says:

    What did this dumb-ass think was going to happen. Addition to the prison sentence he needs to be slapped for stupidity.

    1. The Fish says:

      I was waiting for an idiot with no understanding of the constitution to come around. Maybe he thought the First Amendment wasn’t a lie.

      1. The Fish says:

        By the way, this ‘news’ article made no mention of a prison sentence, and there will not be a prison sentence.

      2. james g says:

        He probably found some history book that mentioned a “Bill of Rights” or something like that. Must have let his imagination run wild, thinking he actually had any freedom to say, write or think what he wants.

        He won’t get convicted, but he is in jail right now. His liberty has been taken from him over this. He will not be the last.

    2. truther says:

      i know for a fact i can take as may pictures of me with guns as i want cry me a rive and go bitch to the feds my FB pic is one of me holding an m82 sniper rifle. you know the type of gun that can kill a man from Well over a mile away.

  9. The Fish says:

    Ohio’s Motto: “With God All Things Are Possible.”

    Amendment: “With God All Things Are Possible, Except Rational Thought and Civil Liberties.”

    1. fish says:

      We used to go to Cedar Point in Ohio for summer fun. Ever since some court allowed Ohio cops to give speeding tickets to drivers “they think are speeding” without a radar detector turned on, we’re not coming back. Also the tolls on the Ohio turnpike are very high (already paid for by taxpayers) and cops are everywhere. Why go? Civil liberties are gone. Governments will continue to deteriorate and those smart enough to have guns will be able to protect themselves. he countries where this have taken place have many civil wars and government troops raping women, children, even men of the villages they invade by the thousands. Never on CNN.

      1. fldammy says:

        Initial assessment of speed is done by MkI eyeballs, RADAR is only the backup device to confirm what the MkI eyeballs perceive the speed to be. A part of RADAR certification class is assessment within 3 MPH (might vary from state to state) of actual speed over x number of cars. If the judge is convinced that the backup device reading was not needed to confirm the LEO’s speed judgement, it’s not needed.

  10. TangledThorns says:

    I agree this is a violation of free speech however if he did shoot up a school people would ask why nothing was done to prevent it.

    At least contact the parents about it first.

    1. The Fish says:

      Exactly, talk to the kid, don’t get the Police State involved. But of course we are now taught from a young age that government is the solution to all of our problems.

      1. Brian says:

        Public schools are the government. They indoctrinate your kids into blindly accepting the Police State.

    2. Brian says:

      So the options are to do nothing or go to extremes?

    3. Marty Kay Zee says:

      Parents: “Well, we talked to him but he doesn’t listen. We took away his computer games and he ran away last month. We found him in San Francisco turning gay tricks. He’s only eleven years old but he knows how to fire an Uzi and says he has one hidden in the woods. We brought him to the Pastor and he kicked him in the shins and said God told him to kill his school mates. We both work all day and we’re at our wit’s end. Can’t the government do something to help us…?

      1. The Fish says:

        First of all, please use an ending quotation mark.

        Second of all, what?? Was this supposed to be funny or enlightening?

      2. John McBride says:

        Marty – I have read two of your comments on here. Neither makes one bit of sense.

      3. Steve H says:

        Yes, I get it. This is a scenario that MIGHT play out, as we’ve seen in the media a number of times in the past. EXCEPT the media doesn’t report the countless times where intervention (at one or more of the levels you describe) DOES ACTUALLY WORK, long before gov’t is called upon to help (assuming it ever is, in this case – most people don’t trust gov’t to fix anything rightly).

        Not every rebellious kid is a hopeless loser. They all try to look tough and hardened, and indeed a few actually are sociopaths. We can’t let those odds (which are not 100% but are likely greater that 50/50) needlessly turn to despair.

        If the scenario you describe ever plays out to the last sentence, and gov’t is called upon to help, they only need to provide a high-security low-privileges High School for James Dean Jr. to attend – single gender, no cable, no phones, no internet, no ipods, no al-la-carte cafeterias, etc. It might be enough to change him, and word will get out that Being a Threat To Society sucks.

        And at the very lease the rest of us may feel safer (which IS partially the job of the gov’t), even if homeboy doesn’t have all his Freedom.

  11. John McBride says:

    I just read Ohio code. “Inducing panic” requires an active action that directly results in serious pblic panic AND would resonably be expected to cause such panic. I.e.: “saying fire in a crowded theater.” His actions AND results do not come close to meeting these standards.

    Aggravated menacing involved making a direct threat of physical violance against somebody. His actions do not come close to meting these standards.

    Telecommunications harrasment requires that a threat be made to somebody over a telecommunications device. I personnally fail to find a direct threat to anybody.

    1. Ablubud says:

      The government does not need ANY reason to imprison you permanently. Please get up to speed on our new laws.

    2. yankeestan says:

      Inducing panic as in all the History Channel shows about the Mayan and Hopis and Nostradamus predicting the world will end on 12/21/2012? Or maybe the shows about comets hitting earth or yellowstone exploding or some island off Spain sinking a an casuing a tsunanmi that drowns us from Cleveland to New Orleans.

      Inducing panic like Lebron did when he bugged out?

      1. james g says:

        Exactly. Why isn’t LeBron in jail for that?

    3. Bill says:

      And, bear in mind that the facts in the story came from the authorities, so there told to us in the light most favorable to the state. We have no context, but even out of context there’s no crime.

    4. truther says:

      nope he will be let off scott free and have a nice multi-million dollar lawsuit for his troubles. i know im already searching for who to donate money to for the defense fund.

  12. E says:

    Awesome. I can’t wait to show this article to my students tomorrow in my government class. We’re talking about civil liberties (vs. public safety). I’m sure they’ll see this as a violation of his civil liberties just as I do. Oh, and they’re alternative school students to boot!

    1. John Campbell says:

      When you do please take note that the protection of Rights are the very reason our Constitution exists. Note as well that the Constitution seeks to guarantee the protection of Rights, not the creation of them. Rights preexist the Constitution, which is easily noted in the sentence structure within the Bill of Rights. Finally, buyer beware anyone who terms our form of government as a “Democracy”. We are a Constitutional Republic, not a Democracy. Beware of any effort used to insert “Democracy” into the name. See Federalist Papers #10.

      1. E says:

        I am always sure that my students understand that the word “democracy” is NO WHERE in the Constitution or the Declaration for that matter. It is not located in ANY state constitution either. Indeed, the Constitution guarantees that it must provide for each state a republican form of government. We talk about why the Framers wanted a republic rather than a democracy (“mobocracy”). We also talk about equality of all individuals before the law – not groups having special rights. If one group is elevated above another than it’s NOT equal! So I guess you can say we discuss individual rights vs. group rights vs public safety (if an argument can be set up in such a way!). Thanks for your interest and input!

      2. white collar crime kills says:

        DOA old teawives tale. The US Constitution describes representative democracy in detail. open.salon.com/blog/paul_j_orourke/2009/02/16/usa_republic_or_democracy_answer_yes wikipedia.org/wiki/Article_One_of_the_United_States_Constitution#Section_2:_House_of_Representatives
        Law has no need to study the “intent” of law’s writers, when the law is itself clear.
        Next you’ll be whooping that “ar-15 is nowhere in the constitution”.
        You’ll also get into battles with teas who persistently (or attempt to) democratically/electorally restrict rights of politically incorrect minorities.

  13. Wayners says:

    Odumbo threatens the lives of millions of people on a daily basis, such as Iranian civilians. Why isn’t he arrested?

  14. Caper says:

    Some terrorist monster created a facebook page which called TJ Lane a hero, also stating, that he lacked the courage to do what TJ Lane, as if he might have newfound courage to do it. The page was reported to the police and taken down in less than a day. Perhaps this is the student that created that page. Who knows. But nowadays, threats like going on an assault spree of any form, ought to be taken seriously. Perhaps if people had taken TJ Lane’s threats of shooting up the school seriously, lives would not have been lost.

    1. The Fish says:

      People shouldn’t be allowed to drive to eat solid foods either, unnecessary lives are lost daily!

      1. The Fish says:

        *or eat solid foods

  15. John Kelly says:

    So, we arrest students having guns in pictures. But we completely ignore bullying on school grounds,even that which continues for months and years.. My guess is that no one is gonna f^^i with this guy for a while.

    1. Steve H says:

      Maybe if his lawyer should get the system to classify his actions as Bullying – then many will wag their pious fingers at him but he will go free.

  16. Dave E. Dew says:

    Posting on Facebook is the equivalent of taking out a classified ad in a newspaper (in the “olden days” I guess); without a specific target or focus of one’s “menacing” or “harrassing” behavior, I doubt these charges would stick. Sadly, we’re now at a point in society where uncouth, insensitive and unseemly behavior has been criminalized, when all we need to do is have more social stigmas and disapproval from our family, friends, neighbors and community at large. Vices needn’t be crimes.

  17. SWIFT says:

    The kid needs an old fashioned trip to the woodshed, but to charge him under the color of law with two phony charges? Who are the authorities trying to fool? He needs a very good lawyer, then he can sue for violation of his rights. I hope there are follow-up news stories on this police over reach.

  18. Bryan says:

    The kid should sue the daylights out of the police. False arrest for starters, then sue for infringement of his 1st Amendment rights. No direct threat means these guys were way off base. Of course sheeple are all about infringing upon anything they don’t like!

  19. joe schmoe says:

    I’m a lawyer and all for free speech and gun rights.

    That being said, the combination of the statements he made and the picture of himself with an assault rifle, together with the recent shooting having occured, raise some serious cause for concern. It is a very close call whether this type of speech is constitutionally protected, and he may end up getting the charges dismissed (or ideally, he gets a psychiatric assessmet and goes to counselling) but the police did the right thing by taking action.

    The first comment “I’m close to going on a stabbing spree” is the one that probably crosses the line (along with the other context).

    1. Tom says:

      your not a very good lawyer, as the constitution doesnt say free speech as long as you dont post pictures.

    2. John McBride says:

      Can I assume that you were absent the day the taught constitutional law?

      1. Tom says:

        no but clearly you were.

      2. The Fish says:

        Tom- John was replying to Joe.

      3. John McBride says:

        Tom, my reply was to “Joe Schmoe” who claoms to be a lawyer who is “all fo free speeach” – unless, of course, it makes somebody uncomfortable. Then he is all for ignoring the constitution and arresting people because the state doesn’t like what somebody has to say.

    3. Bill says:

      I’m a lawyer, too. I think the combination of the statements he made and the picture of himself with an assault rifle raise serious cause for concern, indeed. That’s where parents come in. That’s where Facebook’s terms of use apply. That’s where schools can suspend him pending a psychological assessment. That’s not where the police come in and, with sangfroid, arrest someone without indictment or information, and without probable cause of a crime in progress or the imminent commission of a crime. Even in the light most favorable to the authorities, the above cited facts don’t constitute a crime under the letter of any of the statutes under which he was charged. Once he beats these charges, he needs to file a lawsuit. This needs to be made into a teaching moment about police overreach.

      1. Cornelius says:

        Bill, thank God for people who think like you. Your logic is crisp. Please keep posting.

      2. Steve H says:

        FINALLY – SANITY !!!

    4. james g says:

      Clearly, you are not “all for free speech and gun rights.” I think it is also clear that you are not a lawyer.

      No action was needed by the police. He walked into school, as he normally does. He was not armed. He threatened no specific person, so who was the complainant? Is this how you think our justice system is supposed to work?

      A citizen has been deprived of his liberty, based on a vague statement written on a page in facebook that you have to make an effort to discover. It is not mailed to your home.

      We have to stop arresting citizens who say something that makes people “uncomfortable”

      This is how government steals liberty and freedom from all of us. When they come for you, will there be anyone left to help you?

      1. Cornelius says:

        Right. We see it, The statist utopean libs see government (responsible for far more attrocities than all the criminally insane) as a benevolent father. They are dangerous, and they are making our country a scary politically correct minefield.

      2. Steve H says:

        In the old days this creep (and his family) would’ve been afraid of what his neighbors thought and worried that the locals would be over to smack (or shoot) some sense into him.

        And no court would’ve said Boo.

        (Not always the best solution, but more often than not.)

  20. deedee says:

    WOW, i was thinking they should be a Felony charge, especially after the High school incident. Maybe if we got tough, these incidents would stop.

    1. let him be says:

      a felony for saying that? seriously? you got to be kidding…he didnt do a thing wrong stupid

      1. Dave says:

        Yeah, but somebody got scared, and by God, that’s enough! Hang him!* Hang him high!

        * Note: Not an actual threat to form a lynch mob and kill this kid. I do not intend to induce panic, nor do I wish to aggravate anyone’s mayhem. 🙂

      2. Steve H says:

        What, no rioting lynch mob? So I should put away my pitchforks and torches and tell the neighbors to go home? NUTS !!!

        Now I’ll have to go back to watching reality shows.

  21. Tom says:

    Did you see all those unarmed victims in that school?
    Dont be dumb.
    Dont be a victim. Or a politicians tool for that matter.
    The cops couldnt help anyone, and thats not a negative against police…its a statement of fact. If you think police 1 to 5 miles away will save you, so you dont need to defend yourself..ask those dead kids how much the police saved them…DUH…Liberals are always idiots.

    1. Cornelius says:

      How come when kids used to take guns to school once a week for gym and PE this never happened? I remember high school classes offered on target practice as late as the 1970s!

  22. gunslinger says:

    This kid should be lauded for trying to discourage more bullies from carrying out their antics which provoke students to resort to violence for conflict resolution.

  23. Joe says:

    This is what happens when Parent’s give up their responsibility to teach and raise their own children. The public school system is welfare! If you look down on a crackhead getting free government housing, foodstamps and a welfare check, why do you ignore the millions giving their children to the government to raise?!

  24. 1ofthe1% says:

    LOOK OUT BEHIND YOU!… Hope I don’t get charged.

  25. ??????????? says:

    “This gets more tragic, the whole area is suffering, our prayers go up to God to give all strength, healing and closure,” said one of hundreds of Facebook postings on a memorial page”. ……Is anyone at the school offended by the reference to GOD,please come forward now instead of at graduation.

    1. Steve H says:

      You probably know this, but for those who don’t:

      Libs are offended when God is wearing his Judge hat, but not when he’s handing out goodies and playing nice. btw – that’s why dying is so frightening.

    2. truther says:

      um im offended ANYTIME SOME MORON BRINGS GOD INTO A MORTAL DEBATE. if he was such a great god why did he let it happen. end of argument win to me!

  26. TEWS Pilot says:

    The legal question to be resolved is at what point the do social site postings cross the line from being considered just the frustrated venting of a teenager to being ruled as actionable threats. Can you be ticketed for yelling out the window of your car, “I’m going to run that red light” if you never actually run it?

  27. Rod says:

    Aggravated menacing! Sounds like something out of an African dictator or maybe those Iranian idiots.

    Can we get people with some common sense or is that unfashionable today?

  28. Rod says:

    Aggravated menacing! Sounds like something out of an African dictator or maybe those Iranian idiots.

    1. Steve H says:

      Does Aggravated somehow imply Partially Justifiable? Sounds like a jury could have great fun with that.

      And besides, isn’t Menacing already Aggravating? Or are they needlessly being redundant and repetitive for no reason?

    2. white collar crime kills says:

      yes, the Facebook ravings were reminiscent of Saddam Hussein’s ravings.

  29. cd says:

    Had there Not been a comment then he would have been ok,but add a Muslim name and outfit with that gun he is A-OK in any GOV’T school system!

    1. Steve H says:

      Of course. In Islam an AK-47 is simply a time-honored religious symbol signifying peace, harmony, and compassion for our fellow man whereas a tiny white Cross on the side of the road where a youngster lost his life to a DUI repeat-offender is deeply offensive and inciting violence.

      Hope that clears things up.

  30. FedUpWithBigGovernment says:

    The tyranny of the police STATE… it is presently upon us… John Stossel just had a great show on about the ridiculous number of vague laws on the books… the police state can always find some law we have broken when they want to shut someone up or incarcerate them… we are all breaking some law at some time… Folks.. we are on the path to a tyrannical government with the crushing number of vague laws on the books… If this person has a license for the weapon.. and it was legally purchased…. then he did nothing wrong. Last time I heard it was not a crime to have a picture taken holding a gun. This is no different than if I wore a Halloween mask and ‘incited panic’ because some don’t like the way I look.
    I hope some lawyer takes this case and takes the city to the cleaners for this.
    Our freedoms are in peril and disappearing right before our eyes with everyone of the ridiculous quantity of vague laws that are on the books.

  31. rjm2238 says:

    Testing one two three…

    1. Steve H says:

      Must not have worked…

      1. rjm2238 says:

        Sure as heII didn’t!

  32. Robert says:

    In 2007 i was 21 attending community college for criminal justice… and was arrested for “possessing weapons of mass destruction” one week after VA tech. shootings. Charges were bogus, I had a flare launcher… Didn’t stop SBI and ATF from charging me.

    One year later and over 14,000, I was kicked out of school, lost 3 jobs due to the mess and over all ruined my life for the charges to be dropped by the D.A. After piles of expert testimony by gun smiths and others explaining that what I had was an apple not an orange.

    I’ll never forget hearing my local radio station talk about me… and say how I needed to be locked up!

    I have since ran for Mayor of this little town, won the primary and did pretty good in the general election. But hey don’t let my story make you think twice or read more into this!


  33. rjm2238 says:

    Everyone could be arrested, indicted and convicted. That is the purpose of these types of laws, to make everyone a criminal, at the whim of the government. These laws criminalize any behavior which the people in authority choose to disagree with on any particular day.

  34. James Andrews says:

    Others now get to decide your intent and if they misinterpret then you are a criminal? We have slid down the slippery slope into the abyss. The terrorists have won.

  35. Zipperhead says:

    When I was a kid in high school it wasn’t uncommon to see a student with a 22 rifle in their car or truck, and no one was shooting anyone

    1. truther says:

      i dont leave home without my 5.56 in the truck. lOl. .22 wont do enough damage unless its a long cartridge and its at close range, i like knowing i can kill someone at 1K yards personally🙂

  36. Dave says:

    more big brother crap, he needs to be consulted,
    1st amm. going out the window,
    you people better get smart, our 2nd is the only thing that can keep us free.
    Obuma out in NOV

  37. davec says:

    Happening here too, I suspect its fabricated:


    PS dont read anything on that website, the illiteracy will make your eyes bleed..

    PS “lockdown” is MASS WARRANTLESS ARREST. Wait till these stupid SOBs have a scene and lock a shooter INSIDE a building.

  38. davec says:

    If the Patrons at the movie theatre are too STUPID to tell whether or not there really is a fire, they should not be there in the first place, they are not competent to be in Public as adults.

    This is the doing of the US Terorist State, they have fabricated an Islamic boogey man, and by George, there are NO ISLAMIC TERRORISTS IN THE US.

    Where are they? Theyve had 10 years and have done NOTHING.

    It tells you who the REAL terrorist are.

    The self fulfilling prophecy isnt being fulfilled…

  39. davec says:


    Security, huh? Just wait till some idiotic School District and Cop Shop “lock” some building down with the perps INSIDE.

    Itll happen, its bound to. Theres no way they can show up on the scene with sketchy incident info, and make a qualified (tactical) judgement like that

    Never mind the “average PD” and “tactical” are oxy morons.

    Only AFTER searching the building to make sure there are no threats could they, tactically, close it off.

    Just watch, itll happen and the lawsuits will be EPIC.

  40. Howard says:

    Everyone who agrees that the police are violating this persons rights is under arrest.

    1. Steve H says:

      In the words of the great American philosopher Ron White:

      “I may have the right to remain silent, I just don’t have the ability.”

  41. victor eppley says:

    always be afraid look under your bed for buggie men thats our country now . lets raise our children and educate theme about peace and prosparity. lets show them right from wrong at a early age and most impotainly beat there ass when they need it im very tired of excuses. if you love your children raise them correctly and be there fore them…………

  42. MightyPup says:

    Not the brightest or sensitive thing for anyone to do, and I can certainly can see people reporting this to the police to alert them to the possibility of violence, BUT, for the life of me, I can not see the slightest legitimate reason for them to arrest this idiot,

    1. Steve H says:

      Is Stupid illegal now? Man, that sure would change things…

  43. Craig says:

    Man there are a gazillion things you can be arrested for now. We are in a police state.

  44. The boy seems disturbed but even the disturbed have first amendment rights. When we slience the voice of a KKK wizard we also give creedence to those who would silence a MLK. Whether this is this was the boy’s idea of a joke or he truely idolizes violence at schools is irrelevent. We do not arrest people for their beliefs or wild statements, that is a step towards a police state. The fact they arrested him for what he wrote is as disturbing as what he wrote.

  45. Custer says:

    There are some evil people out there. Maybe if the government seizes my gun, I’ll be safer from them. No…wait.

  46. Cornelius says:

    Bullying, like harrassment is a grey, undefined female invented issue. The law should recognize assault and/or battery. But utopeans who want to control our thoughts and behaviour love grey area definitions, It puts the power in the hands of the government to define it, and makes us all potentional offenders.

    1. white collar crime kills says:

      you still haven’t noticed that your cellmates, bubba, kornholio and zeke aren’t female…

  47. Zeratul says:

    You know I have finally come to the realization of the fundamental difference between right wing gun nuts and regular people on the subject of school shootings or shootings in general.
    The right winger wants everyone armed so when someone guns down a few people, their Rambo fantasy kicks in and some Armed citizen will shoot back with expert person and kill the perp dead on the spot. The problem here, as I have stated numerous times before is the element of surprise is the single greatest tactic in the human arsenal; you see, most people don’t walk around on guard all day everyday, and if they do I feel sorry for them, there are places in your life you go with the idea of security, you do not expect some nut with a gun to open fire. So even if these kids at that table had been armed there is no guarantee they would had been able to draw their weapons under fire and respond in kind.

    Those of us who have grown up since seeing Rambo and the Terminator are not looking to get into a gunfight in school, at wok or in the mall, we would prefer damaged people not be able to have guns in the first place and we could mitigate these types of instances.
    They say this kid was in a school for at risk youth, that his family life was a horror show.

    I for one here and now say we the people should demand, any home where dad regularly beats the crap out of mom, where junior is in a school for whacked out kids or someone is taking anti-psychotic drugs, should be forbidden to own or keep firearms, done and done.

    I know this does not sit well with all you gun freaks but oh well, most of you are just afraid of the world and you need to man up, go study some hand to hand combat or just turn off the TV and you will find your fear of the world may lessen a bit.

    1. Steve H says:

      Places were the population Carries have dramatically less crime – period. You’ll always have nut-jobs who want to”go down in a blaze of glory,” but for the most part criminals aren’t going to risk getting shot by multiple strangers, even if the criminals are themselves armed.

      In the old days, if the guy next door was beating his wife and kids we would take away his gun thusly – we’d go over there and shoot him in the head while he was sleeping or sitting on the crapper. Problem solved, and word gets out that folks ought not beat their loved ones. (Only down side is someone needs a new bed or crapper.)

      1. Zeratul says:

        I disagree, most crimes of this nature are crimes of passion, the perp is not thinking logically, nor are they concerned about their own safety; they are on a mission and all else be damned.
        You are making the mistake of looking rationally at an irrational mind.

      2. white collar crime kills says:

        Sorry, that’s an urban fable (or old GOA/NRA/JohnLott wives’ fable).
        Somalia. And any gun heavy part of the USA. the criminals don’t bother holding you up, they just pop you in your back, driveby, whatever.
        They don’t care about bad aim, but everyone else does.
        When you escalate, you (NRA/GOA, whoever) provide criminals easy way to escalate.
        Criminals have all day to play with their toys (but fortunately most don’t. now), but you have to work a regular job.

    2. truther says:

      this day and age i feel sorry well maybe a little for those who dont walk around on guard, thats how you get raped/murdered/kidnapped etc. if i cant walk in with my ccw i DONT walk in. ill never have my 1911 more than 16 inches away from me. but thats why i haven’t had a crime committed against me i guess. morons get what they deserve.

  48. Im joining the NRA says:

    So they are arresting people now for “taking a picture while holding a gun”. You know what ,maybe the gun nuts are right, Im joing the NRA.This is getting scary.

  49. Bubba says:

    I am not seeing how this idiot broke the law. I didn’t realize Ohio had a law against being an insensitive dumbass.

  50. JiminGA says:

    What exactly is an “assault rifle”? Is it used only for killing innocents? Or is it used for sport shooting, hunting and self defense? The former should be illegal and the latter should be called a rifle or a carbine. But that would make a weaker headline and not inflame the anti-gun people as much.

    1. MorganGray says:

      An assault rifle is defined as a shoulder-fired, military weapon capable of *BOTH* automatic and semiautomatic fire, utilizing an intermediate-power cartridge.

      In other words a Class III weapon, which this probably wasn’t. It was probably a semi-auto.

      Now you want the dirty little secret? Class IIIs the select fire weapons which can go full rock and roll at 500+ rounds per minute, are not covered by the all holy Clinton gun ban – which King Barry wants to put back into effect.
      They aren’t easy, or cheap to obtain, but they are perfectly legal, if you pass the background checks.

      1. George Johnson says:

        AND pay the taxes.

        Little barry the lawless won’t even allow historic bolt operated guns into the US such as our OWN M1 Garand. Calling IT an assault rifle. They change their definition to suit them, whenever it suits them.

  51. BDD_1970 says:

    At most the kid should perhaps have been Baker Acted for evaluation as a potential danger to himself or others. If he is not ill and just has a strange opinion then so be it. The authorities would have done due diligence at that point.

  52. Baggie says:

    School administrators don’t even try to do their job anymore. How about having a counselor talk to the kid before calling in the police? So the law on inducing a panic means our freedom is limited by how panicky these hand wringing old women are?

  53. Mike says:

    It should be bitter sweet when he drives to school in his new Ferrari paid for by the school / city after the lawsuit. Make them pay, your freedom is priceless. I understand it’s tax payers money, but nothing sends a better message then a huge crippling settlement. The school and city walked on this boy with no regard for the law, they must be held accountable.

  54. Josh in Austin says:

    ARRESTED?!?! His parents will sue and they will rightfully win.

    Thanks police for paying for his college education!!😀

    1. white collar crime kills says:

      His parents won’t sue. His parents turned him into the nutcase he is.

  55. steve5150 says:

    Probably a good thing he posted the stuff he posted. Although the charges will never hold water in court the police, his parents and hopefully a shrink are now aware of this kid and will be able to fix the problem before it becomes more than talk.

  56. George Johnson says:

    So, are we officially a police state now??

  57. Hojo says:

    Welcome to the USKKKA! Thought crime is here! The government is watching you! Say the wrong thing, take the wrong picture, or have your kids turn you in and you get arrested! Obama…change you can only hope would have never happened in Amerika!

  58. DontTread says:

    The only thing this kid should have been subject to was his Facebook account’s closure. That’s a private business’ right to control its content. As for legality, he was completely within his rights to take a picture of himself in his home with a weapon and to speak freely as well.

  59. Texas_Twister says:

    Why is it we now have fools calling government revenuers, LEOs? Isn’t the correct terms of cop and pig good enough? Cops lie and say they must, they violate civil rights and say the criminal have to many rights. This is just another example of our need to distrust these badge wearing immoral pigs. If you want to be a government revenuer then don’t ask to be respected as an authority figure, because you’re not.

  60. William Preston says:

    Like usual, your fighting to see who’s the better/smarter lawyer. You don’t give a crap about the potential victims, just the rights of the thug. No wonder everyone hates lawyers.

  61. Nando says:

    If the teen posted any threats on his Facebook page, this article has failed to quote them. So much for freedom of speech…

  62. Mark "Darrin" Kemp says:

    “He will now face two counts of inducing panic, one count each of aggravated menacing and telecommunications harassment.”

    They could charge any politician today with these charges (Democrat especially, regarding the latter).

  63. Mark "Darrin" Kemp says:

    Citizens: pay attention to the ambiguous laws that are written.

    These sort of ambiguous ordinances are increasing and it is these local laws that we have to worry the most about.

    The reason is because they are ambiguous, interpretation is entirely subjective and they are interpreted based on what public support they believe they can get.

    The end result: rule of law by mob rule.

  64. Bob A says:

    Ohio gun confiscating Nazis! Their reason? “Guns kill people”. With that line of reasoning, pencils fail tests, not the idiot student taking the test!!!

  65. Nemo says:

    Whatever happened to liberty? When someone can be arrested for posing with a weapon, anyone can be arrested for anything. Rights do not exist to protect those actions or individuals that are popular with a society, but to protect those that aren’t.

  66. Concerned says:

    This kid obviously has something going on with him. I don’t think he needs jail time or legal punishment but he should receive a psychiatric evaluation, which is standard procedure for anybody who displays any sort of intent to harm themselves or others. If detaining him prevents him from hurting himself or somebody else then that’s all that matters. You can’t simply assume that somebody is just mouthing off when they say things like this.

  67. John says:

    This incident proves Albert Einstein was so right when he said …”There are limits to human intelligence but stupidity is unbounded” – or words to that effect. Yes – I’m sure the individual in question has first amendment rights – but sometimes you need to exercise some restraint. First Amendment rights are also not totally unbounded, i.e. you can’t stand up and yell “Fire!” in a crowded theatre, unless there is imminent danger from a fire. To do so otherwise, is to put the lives and safety of your fellow citizens at risk.

  68. jabusse says:

    You have to understand the police mentality. They are for the most part idiots who think they have super authority and whos first duty is to protect themselves. We should be thankful they simply didn’t kill this student first because he was once seen with a weapon. In Long Beach CA the police watched adrunk for 10 minutes The drunk was waiving around a water nozzle. After ten minutes the police said he pointed it at someone and even though they were in hiding and never id’d themselves blew two 12 gague shells through Zerbys chest from 15 feet away (they were hiding behind the neighbors window behind curtains) The DA said OK. It’s nazi america nothing less. Those who say shoot or arrest first need to rethink your position. You could be the next victim of the authorities if you make a controversial statement or video. The charges here are simply bogus and spring from sheep like people who are being taken advantage of by the government. The same mentality that allowed hitler to kill a few million jews. Government authority is a snake that is never your friend no matter how much you feed it. That thinking is the root of the Don’t tread on me flag.

  69. Mike Mazzla says:

    Nice to know the rednecking of America is continuiing at such a fast past when reading these posts

  70. O_O says:

    White People You Scary!! O_O

  71. DirtyDave777 says:

    I don’t know whats worse the NAZI police state We live in or the Flaming Liberals Zealots who Defend it..
    Personally I’m more of the Liberals than the other Criminals. Criminals break the laws ,Liberals use Laws to oppress freedoms.

  72. SomeDude68 says:

    Top 10 reasons to ban guns

    1.) Guns are used in self-defense over 2 million times a year. However, this makes the attempted crime a “non-event,” which necessarily complicates the Police investigation. Without civilian ownership of guns, these Police investigations would not have been compromised. Civilians should leave crime prevention to the Police, who are properly equipped to investigate following the crime’s completion.

    2.) Some .004 % (4/1000 of 1%) of guns are used in crime each year. This is way too high. All guns should be banned

    3.) Guns are unnecessary. In 98% of civilian gun defenses, no shot is fired. If you are not going to fire a shot, you clearly don’t need a gun. Banning guns will prevent these unnecessary defenses.

    4.) Guns cause criminal migration. In tough gun-law Washington, D. C., violent crime rates are very high. This high crime rate is caused by the migration of criminals from gun havens like Virginia. This migration is caused by the criminal’s cowardly avoidance of armed householders and concealed-carry civilians. This criminal migration is detrimental to helpless unarmed citizens in no-gun areas and must be stopped.

    5.) Most gun crimes are committed by inner city gangs and drug dealers. These relatively small and geographically restricted groups consistently commit the majority of gun crimes. The best way to prevent this is by denying guns to all law abiding people everywhere.

    6.) No woman needs to protect herself from rape, assault or murder. The Police will protect women by investigating the crime after the fact. Remember, Police paperwork is all the protection anyone really needs.

    7.) Guns owners are disrespectful of authority. Good citizens should completely rely on the authorities. A failure to do so is an invariable sign of improper and overly independent attitudes.

    8.) Guns owners engaging in self-defense are taking the law into their own hands. This is wrong. Only the Police and Criminals have the right to take the law into their own hands.

    9.) Children and young people should remain ignorant about guns. Real guns and real gun knowledge dissipate the fantasies created by violent video games and TV.

    10.) Guns reduce people’s reliance on the Police and Government. This fosters a mistaken belief in “rights”. No person has the right to question authority. No person should be less than 100% dependent on authority. This is fundamental to social order. Banning guns will help to establish the Order the authorities want. This is good.

    (All Sarcasm)

    1. SomeDude68 says:

      “Those who hammer their weapons into plows, will plow for those who do not.” -Thomas Jefferson.

    2. SomeDude68 says:

      Hard to imagine that time before hand guns and firearms when there was never a murder or any other crime. Look inside prisons where there are no handguns… it must surely be very safe in there.

      * A 1994 survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Americans use guns to frighten away intruders who are breaking into their homes about 498,000 times per year. (This means a bunch more were NOT so lucky.)

      A survey of male felons in 11 state prisons dispersed across the U.S. found:

      • 34% had been “scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by an armed victim”
      • 40% had decided not to commit a crime because they “knew or believed that the victim was carrying a gun”
      • 69% personally knew other criminals who had been “scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by an armed victim”

      Wow, who’d a thunk… criminals are afraid of guns. And studies show… criminals are very likely to avoid victimizing someone WITH a gun.

      You are free to choose to be more inclined to be a victim, if you so elect. I, on the other hand following logic and common sense, will choose to NOT be so inclined.

  73. Allness says:

    I don’t see where this is a gun rights issue. This kid wasn’t arrested for having and AR. He was arrested for inducing panic and aggravated menacing. I would expect that to happen to me also if I did the same thing with my AR any day and not just after a school shooting. This kid is just feeding ammunition to media by being stupid.

  74. SomeDude68 says:

    It IS for real. HOWEVER, this simply means another group of immoral, unethical, greedy, and devious people want to replace the group of immoral, unethical, greedy, and devious people we all have now. This movement will subside or fade away back to denial once America realizes what will be required to simply pay off the American debt. The US government owes nearly $160,000 for EVERY man, woman, child, AND illegal immigrant to mostly foreign debt collectors.

    The problems facing this country, and us, are HUGE! Not huge “like I broke a nail at my wedding,” or, “I have a flat tire” huge… but closer to the sun is going super nova huge.

    Our greedy self-serving “representatives” have NO IDEA where or even how to begin. It is lose/lose for them… we MUST reduce the overall size of our government 60% while providing better service and increasing efficiency by 150%. That means a LOT of people need to lose their jobs just for the reduction. Entire BUILDINGS and DIVISIONS of the government must be axed, along with the jobs and communities that depend on them. Even then, there will be qualification issues to meet the efficiency aspect. The IRS needs to be abolished, or reduced in size by 90%, a flat tax will fill that need. But, all those lawyers and staff will be out of a job. What of all the tax software employees? You see the domino effect here. What politician want to be “the one” to do that? We need the willingness to suffer to get the job done and this country back on track. Unfortunately, humanity itself is not ready.

    The state of humanity’s societal and mental development simply is not evolved enough to go beyond the greed and self-centered behaviors preventing success on anything but a small community level. Once there is enough “prosperity” in any area, the “Über Greedy” ones take notice, and dive in for the greed-kill. Outsiders disrupt the balance; manipulation, bribery, and crime in the general population AND on the government level follow very quickly. Once that moment happens, the community is no longer what it once was, and never will be again.

    To think this could be achieved on even a small “city” level, yet alone a county/state/country level is ludicrous.

    The human race is not evolved enough to achieve this. Once the politicians/supposed-leaders begin the very dirty game of even “small-time politics”… they are ALL forever changed and corrupted. Therefore… we simply CANNOT trust the politicians. Then you have to realize… how can we FIX the ones DOING the corrupting? The ones PAYING the greedy politicians? The problem of our corrupt government is HUGE.

    We need a Caesar.

    We need an Emperor to take the 40-50 years to get it done… to be the architect of redesign. That man needs to be of will and moral aptitude to not only GET it done… but to then hand it all over to a new breed of morally strong citizens to continue our Republic.

    Any other ideas?

    1. SomeDude68 says:

      A big asteroid or super volcano would do the same thing.

      The world/humanity needs a reboot.

  75. Doug says:

    Leave the poor kid alone. He’s not really going to stab anyone, right? I mean, that never happens, right? It’s just talk, right? http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/2-Students-Stabbed-by-Fellow-Student-Cops-141025573.html?2

  76. Stuart says:

    Unless there was an actual threat against someone or something akin to yelling fire in a theater, posting a photo appears to be protected speech. If that is the case, the police violated the student’s civil rights and I hope the parents find a civil rights attorney willing to represent the kid on the spec that he will collect attorneys fees under 42 U.S.C. § 1988 when he prevails under 42 USC § 1983.

    If not, then Hillary and Barry and Nancy and Harry should never post their own pictures in that jurisdiction – they could be charged with inducing me to panic.

    1. truther says:

      yup he just got the rest of his life paid for because of yet another dumb ass cop. serve and protect my ass. il drive 200 miles to help my parents in the event of break in before ill dial 911 because ill get there first and be 10K times more effective.

  77. Jimbo says:

    Inducing panic? Aggravated menacing? Telecommunications harassment?

    What other kind of BS can some pathetic lawyer use to justify his own job? Those aren’t charges, they’re fear tactics of an onerous government.

  78. olegunny says:

    Just one question – what in the h@ll was the charge….

  79. Rotisserie says:

    r.i.p. to the children and teachers killed in these violent school shootings. we have to monitor teens more closely instead of letting call of fckin duty babysit!

  80. Kelly says:

    I think all of the people commenting below are being a little ridiculous.It’s not whether or not he was actually going to do something, its the fact that he may have. School is supposed to be a safe learning environment for the student and the staff. Having anyone even joke about bringing something like that to school is serious. You should all be thankful that nothing serious happened, I’d rather one kid get arrested for being a moron, than 3 killed. Would you want your kids feeling unsafe going into homeroom, I think not. Stop being ignorant and arguing about something you have no control over.

    1. gunslinger says:

      Kelly sounds like one of those people who votes for the privileged class who is selling our freedoms down the river. She should probably be arrested for dozens of things she MIGHT DO, according to her logic. The day of the rope is not far off for her ilk.

    2. ian says:

      Kelly….you are extremely stupid. Please do all of us a favor and move to cuba or china or dink a bottle of drain cleaner because you do not deserve to live in this country.

  81. Someone who knows better says:

    When are these stupid Facebook users gonna learn. Regardless of what this kid said, Facebook is a data mining operation. Millions of people out there put their entire lives on this site, thinking it’s hip, cool and easy to network. The US government has access to this information and then you have citizen snitches that rat anybody they don’t like out. Get off of Facebook and de-link from Google as soon as possible.

  82. MrFunnyGuy says:

    The Man: “I have an idea, we could arrest EVERYONE!”

    Great idea idiots.

  83. ian says:

    we are turning into a nazi police state. A kid arrested for posing with a firearm. What a bunch of B$.

  84. Chris says:

    BIG BROTHER IS HERE!!!! 1984 by George Orwell….

    America is welcoming in the era of the ‘thought police’

  85. truther says:

    if inducing a panic is a crime i want to charge pretty much everyone in the media, the president EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS. up all cops the amber alert system people. the boy who cried wolf. etc etc etc. what a dumb ass law.

  86. RozAnders says:

    Is this the dumbest kid on Earth?

  87. Emily says:

    To those of you who think this kid’s rights have been violated, I challenge any of you to say “who agrees with me that it’s a good idea to bomb a plane?” the next time you’re waiting in the terminal. I don’t know if I agree with legal action being taken against him but he obviously has some serious emotional issues that need to be dealt with if he sees a need to say things like this. It wasn’t a teacher, principal, or any other authoritative figure who bought this to the attention of law enforcement. It was his friends, people who know him personally and who had enough concern for his safety and that of others to report his comments. It would be no different if he were making suicidal gestures.

  88. gp115 says:

    its like the father in canada that was arrested for days, cuz his 9 year old drew a pic of a gun in school, its the new world order,junk ndaa,fema camp obama one world order agenda V FOR VICTORY PEOPLE WAKE UP

  89. moreco2 says:

    Would somebody please tell CBS (fake but accurate) that it wasn’t and “assault rifle”. CBS has no clue what an assault rifle is. CBS uses the term all the time and gets away with it because Americans are really really dumb. CBS is in the tank for the Demoncrats. Why does CBS still exist?

  90. Gummint Idjuts says:

    At least he’s receiving the attention he desperately craves…

  91. Ed Miller says:

    “a local teen was arrested after posting a new Facebook profile picture that showed him posing with an assault rifle”

    Um… what are the charges, pray tell?

    The article did not mention what crime he is accused of committing….

  92. Ed Miller says:

    I see from another site. The charges:

    “The student is facing two counts of inducing panic, one count of aggravated menacing and one count of telecommunications harassment.”

  93. Robert O says:

    how did he incite a panic? This is the heart of “if a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?” I hope that if you don’t like the content you have sense enough to turn it off! However, the authorities really don’t have any other tools to make us feel more safe. Proof, once again, that teenagers need parental supervision on the internet…for the safety of and for the kids. Poor judgement likely yes, but not a criminal offense. More nanny state to the rescue.

  94. New York Nick says:

    This guy seems a perfect fit for an Obama administration Government job in a sensitive area perhaps…

    TSA would be a great place for him to terrorize others…

  95. It's not an 'assault' rifle says:

    Intervening with this kid was probably a very good idea given that he was providing all the warning signs, but since our ‘reporter’ chose to use inflammatory words, I would like to provide him/her with a little education…

    An “assualt rifle” is one that is capable of fully automatic fire (more than one round per pull of the trigger). The chances of this kid posing with such a firearm is virtually nil, thanks to Rep Hughes who made owning one impossible for anyone without vast disposable income in 1986. This was for political motives, since they had been heavily controlled since the 30’s, and there were next to zero incidents of violence with them prior to then. Never-the-less, A semi automatic firearm (one shot per pull of the trigger) is never an assault rifle, no matter what it looks like. Looks do not make an inannimate item evil, even rate of fire fails to make it evil – People are capable of using them for evil. Lets dispense with the anti-gun rhetoric for once and show a little journalistic integrity.

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