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My turn: Making threats on social media

It seems easier than ever to make some random comment on social media…and then have it take on a life all its own. (Source: Pixabay) It seems easier than ever to make some random comment on social media…and then have it take on a life all its own. (Source: Pixabay)

It seems easier than ever to make some random comment on social media…and then have it take on a life all its own. 

This is a lesson our children are learning in school this week. Law enforcement and school authorities have been distracted from their regular duties in having to hunt down online threats against two schools in New Hanover County, and the entire school system in Columbus County.

Of course, our officials need to check these out and take every threat seriously. But like many other threats, they have all been ruled as unfounded so far.  It seems these are just kids messing around on social media.  They might think it’s funny.  Or they might be screaming for attention.  We don’t know. 

In many cases, we won’t find out what happened to the rest of this investigation because it involves juveniles.  In the case of Ashley High, authorities did identify an underage child as being involved and are presumably handling it with proper consequences.  My hope is the parents get involved too.

It’s disappointing that these children are disrupting other people’s valuable lessons.  Hopefully, they get a chance to learn a life-lesson that this activity isn’t acceptable. 

That’s my turn. Now it’s your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at yourturn@wect.com.

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