Two Utah teenagers were in custody on multiple charges Monday after a concerned mother alerted authorities that they had threatened on Facebook to kill her son near his school, police told NBC News.
Salt Lake City police Detective Greg Wilking said the threat appeared to be gang-related. He wouldn’t identify the suspects because they are juveniles, but he said they faced multiple gun and marijuana possession charges and possible charges of making threats.
The alleged target’s mother was reading her son’s Facebook account Friday when she ran across the threats, Wilking said. She told police detectives serving as school resource officers at West High School, who found the boys, ages 16 and 17, in a car in a nearby parking lot where they were waiting to confront the boy, he said.
I don’t care how much it pisses your kid off, as a parent I feel like it’s your right and responsibility to monitor things like their social media. You can be the “cool parent” all you want but this woman saved her kid’s life. Your kid may not end up in the same situation but you can prevent lots of bad decisions before they happen by staying involved.