Monday, July 26, 2010
Teen gets probation for email threats to ex-girlfriend
By HEATHER MCLAUGHLIN
A 14-year-old boy who used MSN to threaten a former girlfriend, a teacher at his school and another student has received 12 months supervised probation.
The teenager sent a computer e-mail message Nov. 14 to the girl to say that when he showed up at school he was going to show her a gun or a knife. He also said that he was on cocaine.
When adults became aware of the threats, they contacted the school, which in turn, contacted Fredericton Police Force, said Crown prosecutor Robert Murray in provincial court Thursday.
A search of the teen's locker did turn up a knife, Murray told Judge Julian Dickson during the sentencing hearing.
As a consequence, he was suspended from attending his middle school.
Defence counsel Sylvain Pelletier said the boy's family got him started in counselling in January after the incident and he has been attending sessions with a counsellor.
He has been receiving educational services and wants to return to school, Pelletier said.
"I wasn't going to do anything. I was just mad at the time," the youth told the judge.
"You can't threaten to kill people. It's just totally unacceptable behaviour."
The judge sentenced the teenager to report to a probation officer during his 12 months of supervised probation, keep the peace and be of good behaviour, attend school and obey the rules and have no contact with any of the three people he threatened. The judge further ordered that he attend anger management sessions.