Secret Service interrogates Tacoma 7th grader

irish 2011/05/18 15:01:38
Secret Service interrogates Tacoma 7th grader

The young boy was questioned by Secret Service for his Facebook posting.

Dana Rebik

Q13 FOX News

6:36 p.m. PDT, May 16, 2011


A Tacoma seventh grader faced federal interrogation at school for what he posted on his Facebook page. His mom said it all happened without her knowledge or permission.

Timi Robertson said she had just finished lunch with a friend Friday when she got a phone call from her son's school.

"I answered it, and it's the school security guard who's giving me a heads up that the Secret Service is here with the Tacoma Police Department and they have Vito and they're talking to him," Robertson said.

After Osama bin Laden was killed, 13-year-old Vito LaPinta posted an update to his Facebook status that got the Feds attention.

"I was saying how Osama was dead and for Obama to be careful because there could be suicide bombers," says LaPinta.

A week later, while Vito was in his fourth period class, he was called in to the principal's office.

man walked in with a suit and glasses and he said he was part of the
Secret Service," LaPinta said. "He told me it was because of a post I
made that indicated I was a threat toward the President."

Tacoma school district acknowledged a Secret Service agent questioned
Vito and that it was a security guard who called Vito's mom because the
principal was on another call. The school district said they didn’t wait
for Vito’s mother to get there because they thought she didn't take the
phone call seriously.

"That's a blatant lie," Robertson said.

teen’s mom says she rushed to Truman Middle School immediately and
arrived to discover her son had already been questioned for half an

"I just about lost it," she said. "My 13 year-old son is
supposed to be safe and secure in his classroom and he's being
interrogated without my knowledge or consent privately."

seventh grader said that once his mom showed up, the agent finished the
interview and told him he was not in any trouble. Now he's more careful
about what he posts online.

His mother says she isn't financially
able to take legal action but hopes her family's story raises awareness
about the treatment she said her son endured.

The Seattle branch of the Secret Service did not respond to requests for comment.

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  • Riley Hammond 2012/08/29 21:44:31
  • Tomus Megalomania 2011/05/20 15:37:27
    Tomus Megalomania
    They are doing their job.
  • irish Tomus M... 2011/05/21 12:07:42
  • wtxwoman 2011/05/18 16:03:00
    Many people on SH and elsewhere have said much worse things. WTF!
  • irish wtxwoman 2011/05/19 11:38:17
    ell me about it. how can anyone misconstrue that? it read like a concern to me. by the way notice how sh ripped off my topic 4 hours after i posted this.
  • Duke---... irish 2011/05/19 19:00:53
    Duke----The Non Racist, Funny Duke !
    I found sodaheads news posting and I posted this on their ripped off question:

    It is despicable, but what is a little more despicable is that sodahead news ripped off this question from one of our sodahead's that had posted it 4 hours earlier to make it their own
  • irish Duke---... 2011/05/20 11:06:36
    thank you duke! and they ripped off another users poll on the magazine cover of the androgynous male model. scum they are!
  • Son_Of_Anubis 2011/05/18 15:41:23
  • irish Son_Of_... 2011/05/19 11:38:42
    thank you,well said.
  • Son_Of_... irish 2011/05/19 12:55:42
  • irish Son_Of_... 2011/05/20 11:06:52
    most welcome.
  • Autarchic 2011/05/18 15:35:30
    People are so stupid. Make a big deal out of nothing.
  • irish Autarchic 2011/05/19 11:38:53
    thats govt for ya!

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