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Tue Oct 1, 2019, 02:15 PM

14-year-old charged with threat of terrorism over job posting for 'school shooter'

A 14-year-old male faces a terrorism felony after creating a job posting in Fort Dodge for a "school shooter." Fort Dodge police were made aware of the "concerning online job" on Indeed.com, a search engine for job postings, according to a news release. Though the post offered little content to identify the poster, police eventually contacted Indeed for records that led them to the Fort Dodge teen.

Police discovered the post had been public since Friday afternoon, according to the release. Police charged the boy with threat of terrorism, a class "D" felony. He is in custody at the Central Iowa Juvenile Detention facility in Eldora.

"With student safety being of utmost importance, we always are working in collaboration with the Fort Dodge Community School District anytime a potential threat or concern is raised," the release states. "This incident was no different. Once information was gathered, we worked closely with the school staff to identify the individual involved and hold them accountable."

The defendant's name is being withheld due to his age. The Fort Dodge police continue to investigate leads related to this case.

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2019/09/30/fort-dodge-teen-charged-terrorism-school-shooter-job-posting-iowa-indeed/3826988002/

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue Oct 1, 2019, 02:34 PM

1. Hmm, Sounds more like a 14-year-old with bad judgement

Not much at the link, so I'm just guessing. But it sounds like a stupid thing an immature 14-year-old might do. Not a real terrorist.

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Tue Oct 1, 2019, 04:05 PM

3. I tend to agree

I was a weisenheimer at that age, and this sounds like the kind of stupid joke I would have come up with back in the day. I'd like to think that I would have been smart enough not to write it down (then) or post it to the internet (now), but I make no guarantees. The kid should be closely questioned, but it probably was little more than a stupid attempt at a joke.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue Oct 1, 2019, 02:57 PM

2. Charge him anyway and make it stick

Crack the whip on all this crap. Time to stop mollycoddling these spoiled brats (shout out to Barney Fife for immortalizing the word "mollycoddling". ) As he would also say in regard to teen delinquency, "We've got to nip it in the bud." Send a message by making an example out of this case.

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