LEBANON, TENN. (WSMV) – A woman in Mt. Juliet is facing multiple charges after she made a threat regarding a high school on a social media platform.
Mary Keagan Lawrence, 18, has been charged with indicating that Green Hill High School would be the target of a shooting on November 12, according to a statement from District Attorney Jason Lawson.
The post was made on YikYak, an anonymous message board social networking platform.
As a result of the threat, Green Hill High School’s dropout rate more than tripled on Nov.
“We take all of these threats seriously and have a zero tolerance policy,” Lawson said.
There is an increased police presence on campus and a coordinated effort with the FBI, TBI, Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, Mt. Juliet, and the DA office immediately began investigating the incident.
“People make the mistake of assuming that when they post anonymously, law enforcement cannot determine who posted it. While a post may be anonymous to others on the site, law enforcement has mechanisms in place to determine who posted it and we will use those mechanisms and charge the person responsible. responsibility,” Lawson said.
YikYak is an online message board that allows people within a five-mile radius to view posts that are believed to be anonymous.
This site has become a source of fierce criticism due to the potential for bullying and sabotage of online communications. The site was first created in 2016, but closed in 2017 due to these issues. It was reopened in August 2021.
According to YikYak’s website, it voluntarily cooperates with law enforcement agencies on any posts made on the platform.
She is scheduled to appear at Wilson County General Court on April 14, 2022.
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