• Secret Service questions 7th-grade student over Facebook post

    Date: 06.10.11 | by Judge Tom.

    In May, 2011, Vito LaPinta, Jr. was pulled out of his class at Truman Middle School in Tacoma, Washington. He was taken to the principal’s office where the 13-year-old met a man who identified himself as a Secret Service agent. It seems that after Osama Bin Laden was killed on May 1, 2011, Vito added a comment to his Facebook page about his concern for the safety of President Obama.

    Vito’s mother was notified by a school security guard who told her what was happening. She denies receiving word about this before the questioning began. When she arrived at the school, Vito was released to her and told he wasn’t in any trouble. Vito stated that he was “very scared” and is more careful now about what he writes online.

    Vito's Facebook Page

     

    Vito’s decision to think ahead before posting anything online is a good idea. You never know who will read what you say or how it will be taken. Think B4 U Click.

    You can watch an interview with Vito and his mother, Timi Robertson, below.

     

     
     

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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    • Askthejudge.info
      Fri, 10 Jun 2011 at 07:49

      7th grader is pulled out of class by Secret Service and questioned about his Facebook post. http://fb.me/N9mV4yW4

    • Oklahoma City Divorce Attorney Matt Ingham
      Sun, 26 Jun 2011 at 11:38

      That seems like overkill. Do the members of the secret service honestly think that a 13-year-old middle schooler is capable of posing a serious threat on the President’s life…come on, for real???

    • Divorce Lawyers Tulsa
      Sun, 28 Aug 2011 at 03:21

      Really??? A seventh-grader???

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