Mother Is Convicted For Posting About A School Shooting To Facebook

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A mother in New Mexico, Jeanette Garza Alvarez, now has a criminal record for posting something onto her Facebook account that caused a panic at her son’s middle school.

The 32-year-old mother posted this to Facebook:

“Anyone else’s kids go to Sierra? My son says some 8th graders are planning on bringing guns to school maybe Monday and have a shootout to see who’s the first to die.”

What her son actually said was that his school had made an announcement through the intercom about what to do if a shooting was to take place. Alvarez wanted to find more information about the subject, so that’s why she took to Facebook.

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“Her concern for her son’s safety and for other student’s safety was certainly understandable, but what should have been done was to call the school, call the police department, let them know what she had heard,” said Todd Wildermuth, Roswell Police spokesman.

Because her post caused 160 kids to be absent the next day, she was given a citation for creating a public nuisance.

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