What to do if I’m 15 and got into some recent facebook problems?

I made a hitlist joke on facebook “planning on killing people I hate with [my friend]…” and my friend commented, “Shh don’t tell!!!”. Then another friend commented, “Too late!” And I said “…you’re next on my list now” but it was all jokes. None of us took it seriously. However, somehow my school deputy got his hands on the post and I got called to the office. He asked about events leading to the post and my conversation beforehand but I couldn’t recall it off the top of my head. He then said he was going to take it to the prosecuter and charges would be pressed. I’m only in highschool and am very peaceful and wouldn’t hurt anybody.

Asked on October 27, 2013 under Criminal Law, Ohio


MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Then you need to tell your parents and together hire an attorney to see if he has overstepped his bounds with either invasion of privacy or attempting to treat a joke discussion as a serious one. This is different times so please remember to think about who would see this and if it would be bad for you as a good key to posting in today's world because it could come back when you are applying for college or looking for a job. This deputy can bark all he wants; the prosecutor would have to show intent of attempted murder to actually move forward with charges. I don't think that would happen here but again talk to a lawyer about what this person did and whether he has violated any school or district codes with discussing such matters privately with students who are minors.

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