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Gloucester County Teen Charged For Sending Violent Threats Through Facebook

MULLICA HILL, N.J. (CBS) - Gloucester County prosecutors announced Monday they found the person responsible for sending violent threats through Facebook, back in October, to several students from Clearview Regional High School in Mullica Hill.

"A 16-year-old Clearview student was charged yesterday arising out of a joint investigation," said Prosecutor Sean Dalton.

"Thank God because in this day and age, we should be able to find out who these people are," said parent Dana Minore.

Investigators say the juvenile created a Facebook profile page using a fake name and began threatening students.

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"The postings range from blasting people in the school, acts of physical violence, and other disturbing comments," said Dalton.

"We're obviously disappointed he was involved in this type of activity," said Superintendent John Horchack III.

The incident at Clearview was only the beginning. Police linked the suspect, to falsely reporting a shooting at a restaurant in Mantua, New Jersey and authorities say he harassed people over the phone.

The accused student, who has been charged as a juvenile, didn't say why he did it. The fact that he got caught sends a message.

"If you're not going to say it to someone's face, better not do it online," said Dalton.

Just like the act of committing a crime using a computer, authorities can often times track the crime right back to the source, as they did in this case.

Reported by Jericka Duncan, CBS 3

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