Federal secret service agents interrogated a 13-year-old Tacoma boy over his Facebook posting about Osama Bin Laden — it warned President Obama of suicide bombers.
Following the death of the Al Qaeda leader, Vito LaPinta, Jr. reportedly told the President that he should be wary of any violent repercussions with regards to the killings.
Exactly one week after the May 13th posting, the seventh grader got called into the principal’s office of his junior high school. When the Tacoma resident arrived at the office, he was met by a suited up Secret Service agent in dark sunglasses.
The man then proceeded to inform LaPinta, who admitted to be terrified of the intimidating figure, that his posting was considered to be threat to the President of the United States. LaPinta told the U.K.’s Daily Mail about his first encounter with the stranger, “He told me it was because of a post I made that indicated I was a threat toward the President. I was very scared.”
The Tacoma school district admitted that the child was first interrogated by the agent, then his mother was alerted by a security guard because the principal was unavailable. Reportedly, district officials also admitted, that they chose not to wait for LaPinta’s mom because they thought she would not take the call seriously.
LaPinta’s mom, Timi Robertson, became incensed when she was informed about the half hour interrogation. “I just about lost it. My 13-year-old son is supposed to be safe and secure in his classroom and he’s being interrogated without my knowledge or consent privately,” she told the Daily Mail.
When Robertson arrived at the school, the interrogation process had just ended. LaPinta was informed by the agent that he would not be facing any charges. Robertson, who admits to not being in a financial position to bring legal action against the school, hopes that the publicity brings attention to what she and her son had endured.
Again, case in point, it’s best to think twice about what you write in a public forum. Postings are scrutinized by far too many eyes and oftentimes, the written word can come back to haunt you in nightmarish ways.
Do you censor yourself whenever you post on Facebook?