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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

MySpace Strikes Again: California Teen questioned over threats to President Bush

Here we go again. Another young person's MySpace page has gotten her into trouble. This time its not a potential employer whose mad, but the United States Secret Service.

She appears to have learned her lesson but now her "digital dirt" is a permanent stain in the world of cyberspace. She's probably not thinking about a career yet but I wonder what employers will think when they begin googling her after college?

Here's the story,

SACRAMENTO – Upset by the war in Iraq, Julia Wilson vented her frustrations with President Bush last spring on her page.

She posted a picture of the president, scrawled “Kill Bush” across the top and drew a dagger stabbing his outstretched hand. She replaced the page last spring after learning in her eighth-grade history class that such threats are a federal offense.

Too late.

Federal authorities had found the page and placed her on their checklist. They finally reached her this week in her molecular biology class.

The 14-year-old freshman at Sacramento's McClatchy High School was taken out of class Wednesday and questioned for about 15 minutes by two Secret Service agents. 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 over her page on the popular teenage Internet gathering spot 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.”

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