Updated 03/05/2013 08:14 AM
Facebook hoax could mean jail time for high school student
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GREENSBORO – A Facebook prank could lead to jail time for a Page High School student
Greensboro police charged 16-year-old Ayana Pearson with several misdemeanors and a felony after they say she used another student's account to threaten mass violence at the school.
Students who read the post alerted the school resource officer, who then sent the information to police. Sgt. M.J. Harris of the Greensboro Police Department said investigators were able to trace the source of the message to Pearson.
"It's not a joke. The police, we take this very seriously. We pursue all threats as credible until they're deemed uncredible," Harris said.
Guilford County Schools sent out two phone messages to parents Sunday evening. First, advising them about the investigation and then updating them about Pearson's arrest.
“We did provide extra security at the school but also kids at Page began posting that this was a hoax," said Harris.
Pearson made her first court appearance Monday afternoon. She's being held in the Guilford County Jail on a $7,000 secured bond. If convicted, police said she could face more than two years in prison and fines exceeding $1,000.