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DeWine: Social Media Threats Won't Be Tolerated

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A day after the two Steubenville High School girls were arrested for making online threats, Attorney General Mike DeWine made it clear that online threats would not be tolerated.

"This just has to end. We have to stop the threats. So anyone out there that thinks they are going to threaten anyone, we are going to take care of it," said DeWine.

The charges against the two teens are serious and could lead to detention.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said that social media has become an important part of investigations and aids in the prosecution of cases. He added that some of the violations associated with social media can be serious.

"Aggravated menacing is a first degree misdemeanor and you can go to jail for 180 days. They were charged with that in juvenile court, so the penalties won't be the same," said O'Brien.

Samantha Rufo is the Vice President of Social Media Club Columbus and said teenagers need to be aware of what they post, realizing that it might not be just their friends who are looking at what they've posted.

"I think what everybody has a tendency to believe is it won't happen to me, and really with social media, it can happen to anyone. And it's not just the things that you're going to do, but you don't know who is looking at what you're putting out there," explained Rufo.

Rufo also recommends for parents to ask what their children are doing while they are online.

Rufo said teens should keep in mind who might see the post in the future and teens should pause and think before they post something. Social media is instantaneous. Once you post something, you can't delete it.

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