People commit crimes for many different reasons. Some do it for the thrill, some do it specifically to hurt someone, and others do it because they are unaware and think they will not get caught. The internet is a huge part of modern life and people use it for everything, including work, shopping and social networking. Because of its nearly constant presence in everyday activities, the internet frequently becomes implicated in some kinds of criminal activities. What many Louisiana residents do not realize, however, is that actions taken online -- even if intended to be a joke -- can result in serious charges and penalties related to internet crimes.
A Louisiana teenager will soon be facing criminal charges because of his online actions. The 15-year-old boy allegedly made several statements on a school-based social networking site similar to Facebook. The messages referenced shooting students at the school because of alleged bullying. Once the messages came to the attention of authorities, an intense investigation was conducted, which led them to the boy's home. The boy's father turned him into the police.