Po­lice find on­line threats blamed on class­mate

The London Free Press - - REGION -

An 18-year-old Sar­nia high school stu­dent is ac­cused of threat­en­ing four girls on a so­cial me­dia ac­count she cre­ated us­ing a teenage boy’s name.

The girl charged with ut­ter­ing death threats, pub­lic mis­chief and iden­tity fraud ini­tially told in­ves­ti­ga­tors she also had been threat­ened, Sar­nia po­lice said.

A teen cre­ated a so­cial me­dia ac­count us­ing a male class­mate’s name and sent mes­sages threat­en­ing vi­o­lence, po­lice said. The boy “suf­fered hard­ship” be­cause oth­ers as­sumed he was the per­son mak­ing the threats, po­lice said.

“So­cial me­dia . . . can be used to harm oth­ers and the prob­lems that can be caused may have sig­nif­i­cant con­se­quences,” Sar­nia po­lice said in a state­ment.

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