LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Four middle school students accused of posting death threats against another student on Facebook, were reprimanded by a judge on Thursday.
"Do you think this is funny? I can very easily just remand you into custody. I don't care," a Lee County Judge said Thursday.
The no-frills Judge got straight to business with the four students this morning, placing three of the four teens under house arrest and sending the other back to Juvenile Detention for three weeks for smirking during her appearance.
"I don't think you are taking this serious ma'am," the Judge said.
The four are accused of posting the threats after one of their close friends got busted for bringing a gun to school last week. They took their frustration out on Facebook, allegedly threatening the student they thought ratted out their friend.The parent of the child targeted printed the proof and took it to the school.
"Everything is taken very seriously. Something comes forward, we have the responsibility to look into it to find out exactly what the situation is," Lee County School District Spokesman Joe Donzelli said Thursday.
Donzelli says the district has strict rules about bullying. While the threats weren't made on campus, if a student doesn't feel safe, the district can push for punishment. Still, they're asking for parents help in curbing Internet bullying.
"We're asking parents to take five minutes, sit down with your kids. Put down the iPad, the remote, turn off the play station, and talk for five minutes about the right way and the wrong way of handling situations," Donzelli said.
Lee County Schools can't comment directly on disciplinary action the four students could face. The judge overseeing the case has forbidden the four from seeing each other, and from getting back on the computer.