Jan 31, 2013 6:25 PM by Brian White

2 students charged with felonies over Facebook threats

TUCSON - Two students who made threats through Facebook and Twitter are facing felony charges.

One of the students has been identified as 17-year-old Charles Schaming. The other student's name is being withheld as of Thursday for investigative reasons, Tucson Police Sgt. Maria Hawke said.

It all started Wednesday morning when a parent of one of the victims called police regarding threatening messages left on her son's Facebook page. Hawke said Schaming was specific in the type of threats, including a message that he was going to "shoot up" the school.

Detectives discovered that other students at Flowing Wells were receiving the same threats on their Facebook from the same profile. That profile was a fake one who assumed the identity of a student at another school, Hawke said.

Detectives tracked the IP address and learned it was Schaming, Hawke said.

Schaming has been charged with 2 felonies and 24 misdeameanors, including stealing an identity, interference with a school, disorderly conduct, and making threats and using electronic communication to threaten.

A Flowing Wells student could be in trouble after making threats via Facebook towards a group of students.

Calls to parents Wednesday morning prompted an investigation by police into the matter, Flowing Wells Unified School District superintendent Nick Clement said.

Clement said the student threatened 4 to 5 students through Twitter and Facebook. No direct threats to the student body or the school were made, Clement said.

School administrators emailed faculty and auto-called parents Wednesday night as a precaution, Clement said.

The school did not go on lockdown, Clement said.


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