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Social media threats land 2 students behind bars

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Christy Coulter Christy Coulter

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Two students in Kentuckiana are facing charges after threats at school.

Police say that in both of these separate and unrelated cases, the students in question took their threats to the internet, more specifically Facebook.

As social media grows in popularity, so does its consequences.

Christy Coulter, the Principal of Bullitt Central High School explained, "When a student is frustrated, they used to go take a walk. Now they vent on social media and good students make unfortunate decisions and when they post something in haste on Facebook it's treated seriously."

That was the case with a student Tuesday at Bullitt Central High School.

Officials say a student posted a threatening message online.

"Great kids make terrible decisions and they post their feelings and their thoughts on Facebook and it costs them seriously and the law is going to treat it very seriously," said Coulter.

The juvenile in question is facing terroristic threatening charges.

Up north in Austin, Indiana, an unrelated case also tied to social media.

The Superintendent says an Austin Middle School student who was previously suspended made a threat on Facebook.

Officials say he went to school with a knife, and was then taken to jail.

Professionals say cases like these serve as a reminder to parents to talk to their kids about how to handle stress peacefully without threatening people, whether it's online or real time.

Police in both of these cases cannot comment since the suspects are juveniles. 

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