It was a tweet that could land Torre Scrimalli in jail for up to 14 years. The Scranton Prep Senior threatened to blow up two Lacakwanna County schools if a fight broke out during Monday night's basketball game. "It was supposed to be a harmless tweet. I realized what it was and tried to get it off as soon as I could but I guess it was just too late," explains Scrimalli.
Attorney Julia Munley is not working on this case, but she says there is a lesson to be learned, "Today people think they can say anything about anything but social media and the internet you are reaching so many people so fast."
Tweeting or updating a status that includes a threat could have major legal ramifications. From civil lawsuits to criminal charge, misdemeanors to felony counts and even jail time. Attorney Munley says it all starts at home. Talk to your children about what can happen if they post threatening messages online. Help them to understand once its online, it's there to stay and make them realize one wrong tweet could change your life.
"It's really serious stuff and they take it seriously today and particularly with all the things that have happened in schools that's another issue that comes into play with this thing," explains Attorney Munley.