7th Grader Interrogated by Secret Service Because of Facebook Post
A 13 year-old boy in Tacoma was pulled out of class last week by the Secret Service due to a status he posted on Facebook, which they deemed as a threat. The status was the effect of that Osama had been killed and that Obama should be careful as there could be more suicide bombers. A week after posting this, the young boy was called into the principal's office where he met a man in a black suit and glasses who said he was there because of a threat the boy had made toward Obama on Facebook.
At no point did the principal attempt to contact the child's mother, Timi Robertson, to notify her or obtain her consent to the questioning of her minor child. In fact, she was tipped off by the security guard, which she said prompted her to rush to the school.
The school administration is now claiming that the principal told the security guard to notify her. Oh yeah, because that is entailed in the job description of security guard. They also claimed that she did not take the call seriously, so the proceeded with the interrogation without her permission. Yes, because if you don't get a yes or a no answer when the security guard calls a mother warning that her child is being interrogated by the Secret Service, then it's a go! And no matter what she says, make sure you start the interview before she can arrive.
Robertson said about the ordeal "I just about lost it. My 13 year-old son is supposed to be safe and secure in his classroom and he's being interrogated without my knowledge or consent privately."
Once the boy's mother arrived, the interview completed and she was not involved in the interrogation. Robertson isn't able to raise funds to file a lawsuit against the school or the federal government, so she is hoping to spread her story of her son's victimization as much as possible.