Threats on Social Media: High school student arrested

We all know the popularity of social media and networking sites and there are a lot of good things that come from using such sites, making it easier to communicate, keep-in-touch and find resources. For example in the recent Boulder Fire in Colorado people in the area have used Twitter extensively to find out all the latest information they needed.

However social media can also cause problems for people like the recent case where a woman was imprisoned, kidnapped and tortured in her home by her partner because he became jealous of Facebook messages that she had received. Now we’ve heard of another case of the use of social media gone bad and this case has also led to an arrest, this time of a South Carolina high school student, according to an Associated Press report over on The State.

Joshua Christopher Lane, 18, was arrested after a parent of a boy from Texas who spotted a threatening message, contacted staff at St. James High School in Murrells Inlet. Staff there contacted the police after the message was found on 2 social media sites which read, “You guys thought Columbine was bad…we’ll see who’s laughing Friday.” Lane has now been suspended and charged with ‘disturbing schools.’

So far nothing has been found but a thorough search of the school is taking place by police today. For more on this go to thestate.com. Have you heard of any other instances where threats using social media have led to people being arrested? We’d be interested to hear from you so please do send in your comments.