Student faces cyberbullying charges after Facebook threats

A McMinn County High School student has been charged with harassment and filing a false report after setting up a fake Facebook account and making threats.

McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy had been investigating claims by students and parents of harassing posts from a bogus account. The investigation revealed the posts were partly a hoax.

"Basically, one of the juvenile students who had been the first to report the incident was the person who had set up the fake Facebook account, and who was making the threats," Sheriff Guy said.

Officers have confiscated the girl's smart phone for testing to determine if the phone is where the threats were coming from.

Guy says this is not the first time he's filed charges against a student for offense tied to cyberbullying. He says there was another instance last year.

Guy says the girl will likely face a fine, probation, and possibly counseling. The director of McMInn County schools says the student is suspended pending the outcome of the investigation, but may be able to return to the county's alternative school.


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