A high school freshman from Sacramento, California decided to post some lovely stuff at MySpace. Like death threats against the president. Eventually, she learned that it is illegal to do things like that and took the pages down. Not before the US Secret Service had found out about them, however. So she got a visit from two agents and both her and her mother are whining mightily. The agents were "mean" to question her.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Upset by the war in, Julia Wilson vented her frustrations with last spring on her Web page on MySpace.com. She posted a picture of the president, scrawled "Kill Bush" across the top and drew a dagger stabbing his outstretched hand. She later replaced her page on the social-networking site after learning in her eighth-grade history class that such threats are a federal offense.
It was too late.
Federal authorities had found the page and placed Wilson on their checklist. They finally reached her this week in her molecular biology class.
The 14-year-old freshman was taken out of class Wednesday and questioned for about 15 minutes by twoagents. The incident has upset her parents, who said the agents should have included them when they questioned their daughter.
On Friday, the teenager said the agents' questioning led her to tears.
"I wasn't dangerous. I mean, look at what's (stenciled) on my backpack — it's a heart. I'm a very peace-loving person," said Wilson, an honor student who describes herself as politically passionate. "I'm against the war in Iraq. I'm not going to kill the president."
Julia Wilson said the agents threatened her by saying she could be sent to juvenile hall for making the threat.
"They yelled at me a lot," she said. "They were unnecessarily mean."
Spokesmen for the Secret Service in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., said they could not comment on the case.
Wilson and her parents said the agents were justified in questioning her over her MySpace.com posting. But they said they believe agents went too far by not waiting until she was out of school.
They also said the agents should have more quickly figured out they weren't dealing with a real danger. Ultimately, the agents told the teen they would delete her investigation file.
My kids knew at a much younger age that making death threats was not acceptable. One wonders where the young lady heard such talk. I have no sympathy whatsoever. The agents were doing their jobs. If the entire process took 15 minutes, they did it very quickly indeed. One suspects that the young lady and her parents are looking for another 15 minutes of a different sort.