Judge Orders Local Teen to Stay Off Social Media

Judge Orders Local Teen to Stay Off Social Media

Area teen is facing a two-year ban from social media
HUNTINGDON, HUNTINGDON COUNTY - Two years off of social media. Could you do it? Well, that's exactly what Lacey Warner, 19, is doing after ruling by Judge George Zanic.
 
"I give him a lot of credit for thinking outside the box and being innovative in this case," said Dave Smith, District Attorney in Huntingdon County.
 
Earlier in the year, Warner made some threats on Facebook, directed towards the Southern Huntingdon County School District.
 
"We were convinced, after the PSP conducted interviews, as well as talking to the defendant about this case, that it was her trying to be funny and unfortunately it did not come across that,” said Smith. “And those types of things are going to be taken very seriously."
 
But since Warner is a first-time offender, part of the deal they worked out was to be off of all social media for two years.
 
It's a unique punishment, but people seem to think this one that would have the greatest impact on a teenager.
 
It's the length of the punishment, though, that people seem to be split on.
 
"It sounds appropriate,” said Alejandra Felicio, who is in town visiting from Moscow. “I mean it sounds like something would make the person step back and think, oh there are limits."
 
"I could see six months, maybe a year,” said Mike Valentine, who is in town, visiting from Ohio. “But two years? Social media is a pretty prominent part of a young person's life now."
 
If Warner violates probation and goes on social media, she'll be looking at charges of terroristic threats.
 
District Attorney Smith said he believes Judge Zanic is sending a message, that what you post has consequences, and we all need to aware of that.

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