(02/13/13) - It was a Facebook threat that caused a high school to be searched for a bomb. Wednesday, a teenager found out his punishment for the crime.
While the 17-year-old faces two years of probation, this story is a warning for all students and their parents of what can happen when electronic devices send inappropriate messages or threats.
The story is also another example that something that might be done as a joke or a prank can have serious consequences.
The prank in this case resulted in a criminal charge against Evan Mohn. Mohn faced up to four years in prison for making a false bomb threat. He used his iPhone to post the bomb threat against Freeland High School on his Facebook page back in October. Someone saw the threat and Mohn was arrested.
"It was a stupid prank by a child," said Joe Scorsone, Evan Mohn's attorney. "There are consequences that can ruin your entire life."
Assistant prosecutor Paul Fehrman warned that this was no prank.
"This was not something to laugh about, or laugh at, it was a very serious thing," he said.
Mohn apologized for the threat.
"I'm really sorry and I just want to get my life back in order," he said.
"He's treated as an adult, he is 17 years old, what he did affected a school, affected the administration of that school and all its students," Fehrman said.
Circuit Court Judge Fred Borchard sentenced Mohn to two years probation, but limited his use of a cell phone, and the 17 year old, who is not in school, must stay off social networking sites.
"They need to think twice before they take action that they may believe is simply a joke or a prank," Fehrman said. "The current times we live in, this is taken seriously by the courts, the prosecutor and the police."
With the guilty plea, Mohn may be eligible for the Holmes Youthful Training Act, which could allow his criminal record to be sealed if he stays out of the trouble.
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