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Student admits online threats

May 31, 2008|Molly Hennessy-Fiske

A 15-year-old boy Friday admitted that he posted criminal threats on the website Wikipedia last month that targeted fellow students at Glen A. Wilson High School, officials said.

The teen admitted to six counts of making criminal threats, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. A seventh charge was dismissed, Robison said.

The teenager was charged in connection with the posting of two threatening messages on the Wikipedia entry for Wilson High on April 16 and 17. In the messages, he threatened to shoot six students and "a good majority" of the school badminton team.

The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District closed the school April 18 after the threats appeared, and the boy was arrested later that day.

He was scheduled to be released Friday from Juvenile Hall, after which he will be placed on probation, Robison said. Juvenile Court Judge Martha Bellinger barred the teen from contacting Wilson High or the students named in the threats, Robison said.

Bellinger also ordered him to attend individual and family counseling, and restricted his Internet access to supervised sessions for educational purposes, Robison said.

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske

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