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    13 year old interrogated by Secret Service.

    "My 13-year-old son, who's a minor, who's supposed to be safe and secure in his classroom at school, is being interrogated without my knowledge or consent by the Secret Service,"
    Did the Secret Service over-step it's bounds here?

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    Re: 13 year old interrogated by Secret Service.

    If she's letting him wander around Facebook WITH his real name then obviously she doesn't care too damn much about his safety.

    And you know what - that's what the secret service does - they seek out issues and identify threats and intervene and investigate.

    If Mommy was really watching then it never would have happened. She's an idiot and the kids suffering for her inabilities.
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    Re: 13 year old interrogated by Secret Service.

    Why did the secret service interrogate the 13 year old in the first place? Does law enforcement need consent from parents to preform an interrogation on a minor?
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    Re: 13 year old interrogated by Secret Service.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    If she's letting him wander around Facebook WITH his real name then obviously she doesn't care too damn much about his safety.
    It's debateable but I somehat agree.
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    Re: 13 year old interrogated by Secret Service.

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Why did the secret service interrogate the 13 year old in the first place? Does law enforcement need consent from parents to preform an interrogation on a minor?
    They have to the parent present or at least a third party
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    Re: 13 year old interrogated by Secret Service.

    I don't think they overstepped their boundaries as long as their was a school employee present during the questioning. I could be wrong though. They probably should have either waited for the mother or at least contacted her though. It would have been much less of an issue.

    As for the questioning in general, I think it was probably pretty routine and they were just trying to determine what type of kid this was and whether he should be considered a threat or just someone who made a dumb comment on a website. They most likely checked into any background they could find on this kid. Maybe something stood out about him or they just couldn't find enough info about him to figure out what to make of his post, so they decided to interview him in person.

    Then again, maybe it was something in the mother's background that made this kid stand out to get interviewed and why they didn't inform the mother. I don't know. Definitely need a little more information, including whether there was someone else in with the kid during interview.
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    Re: 13 year old interrogated by Secret Service.

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Why did the secret service interrogate the 13 year old in the first place? Does law enforcement need consent from parents to preform an interrogation on a minor?
    As I understand it, if they were building a case against the child, either a lawyer, or a guardian would need to be present of anything were being entered into evidence, to make sure no coercion look place.

    But as far as "questioning" goes, and sometimes that word can be ambiguous depending on the circumstances of said questioning, the police can question a child without supervision, it just cant or would be very difficult to use it as evidence, also depending nn state/local law.

    But this is the secret service we're talking about here.

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    Re: 13 year old interrogated by Secret Service.

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    I don't think they overstepped their boundaries as long as their was a school employee present during the questioning. I could be wrong though. They probably should have either waited for the mother or at least contacted her though. It would have been much less of an issue.

    As for the questioning in general, I think it was probably pretty routine and they were just trying to determine what type of kid this was and whether he should be considered a threat or just someone who made a dumb comment on a website. They most likely checked into any background they could find on this kid. Maybe something stood out about him or they just couldn't find enough info about him to figure out what to make of his post, so they decided to interview him in person.

    Then again, maybe it was something in the mother's background that made this kid stand out to get interviewed and why they didn't inform the mother. I don't know. Definitely need a little more information, including whether there was someone else in with the kid during interview.
    It still seems like rights are being infringed. He was questioned for something he posted on FB. Last I checked we still had freedom of speech.
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    Re: 13 year old interrogated by Secret Service.

    Tacoma, Wa. school, she says she "just about lost it," — especially after they told her it was over a Facebook post the boy had written warning President Barack Obama of suicide attacks in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death.
    They were within their full right to interrigate the boy.. They don't need mom's permission to protect the president.. That was from the link in the OP in case you were wondering...

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    Re: 13 year old interrogated by Secret Service.

    Quote Originally Posted by DashingAmerican View Post
    It still seems like rights are being infringed. He was questioned for something he posted on FB. Last I checked we still had freedom of speech.
    Sure.. But not when it is about possible threats to the president..

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