Dumb Stunt On Snapchat Sent Two Teens To Prison

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #191: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving two teens who thought a fake school threat would be funny.

Not Funny

The two boys, one age 18 and the other 19, previously attended the high school they targeted. But it was all to pull a prank on a friend.

They created a Snapchat account in the friend’s name. Grabbed some photos from the friends’ social media accounts and posted them to the fake Snapchat account. One photo was of the friend holding a gun—another person’s gun.

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See Something – Say Something

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #189: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving an 18-year-old high school student who idolized school shooters.

His Childhood

His mother lived for years with undiagnosed mental illness. When he was 5, she began leaving him home alone for extended periods. They often had no running water, power, or food—he’d go to neighbors and beg for food. He missed months of school at a time.

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Inducing Panic

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #176: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving an 18-year-old high school student.

Valentine’s Day will mark one year since the Parkland High School mass shooting in Florida where 17 people were killed. You’d assume students all around the U.S. knew about the shooting in record time. Social Media spreads news faster than news outlets.

And yet, with all the sadness and fear during that time, 14 days after the Parkland shooting, an 18-year-old high school student posted on social media a warning that he was going to kill two specific staff members on Monday.

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Teenager’s Escalating Behavior

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Robin Lyons Blog PostIf you listen to the mainstream news, it’s been a rough week. There was another school shooting. A North Carolina sophomore shot and killed a classmate.

When the school representative was interviewed, he said it started with bullying and escalated from there.

So far this year, in the U.S., there have been 22 school shootings resulting in 35 people killed—28 were students, and 77 people injured. That’s beyond sad.

It makes me wonder if our correctional system has more young people incarcerated than ever before. The case referenced in this post is part of the equation.

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What Kids Should Not Do On Social Media

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Robin Lyons BlogChildren nowadays use a variety of social media platforms to connect with their peers. Whether it’s a private message or an open statement made for the world to see, even liking something inappropriate that someone else posted—nothing is private.

In July 2017, Education Week posted 10 Social Media Controversies That Landed Students In Trouble This School Year (2016-2017). It’s an interesting article showing how inappropriate social media posting—thought to be fun—can negatively impact a child’s life. I’m going to spotlight a few scenarios that stood out to me.

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