school shooting prevented by BC video gamer?

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  1. Ffolkes

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    Seems a San Antonio teen was playing Modern Warfare 2 and talking to other players about how he was going to shoot people at his school. You really have to remember that when you're online its not like being in a room with your buddies who know that you were just kidding about this sort of thing. Hopefully...

    2 links here, one from San Antonio and one from an Edmonton paper which says"RCMP contacted Microsoft Law Enforcement Security", does Microsoft have its own cops?

    http://www.ksat.com/news/22570319/detail.html

    Alleged School Shooting Plot Foiled
    Marshall High School Student Arrested

    POSTED: Monday, February 15, 2010
    UPDATED: 1:58 pm CST February 15, 2010
    SAN ANTONIO -- A 16-year-old Marshall High School student has been arrested and suspended from school for what school officials said was a foiled shooting plot at the campus.

    Northside Independent School District spokesman Pascual Gonzalez said that San Antonio police found out about the alleged threat from Canadian law enforcement authorities. The boy was playing the video game Modern Warfare 2 on his Xbox game console online when he told a man that he planned to shoot a pregnant girl and his best friend.

    "Apparently, this player from Canada was very alarmed about what this boy was posting online," Gonzalez said.

    After police in British Columbia contacted San Antonio police, officers went to the campus Feb. 8 but didn't find anything to make them believe he was serious about the threats.

    The boy was charged with making a false alarm or report, a state felony.

    "This is a very, very serious allegation," Gonzalez said. "You don't make these kinds of threats."

    Gonzalez said that the incident will be posted on the school's Web site Monday. A letter will be sent home with parents Tuesday.

    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Texas+teen+threatened+shoot+friend+pregnant+girl+before+gamer+intervened+Police/2581965/story.html
    Texas teen threatened to shoot friend, pregnant girl before B.C. gamer intervened: Police

    Alberni Valley TimesFebruary 18, 2010 12:03 PM

    Police in Texas say a teenager was threatening to shoot a pregnant girl and put a bullet in his best friend's face before a B.C. video gamer alerted authorities after talking to the teenager online.

    RCMP recently credited a man from Port Alberni, B.C., with preventing a potential school shooting in San Antonio, Texas, by going to authorities with his fears.

    This week, the San Antonio Express reported further details of the incident, saying the 16-year-old was a student at Marshall High School in San Antonio.

    The newspaper said the teenager was playing Modern Warfare 2 online, on the Xbox 360 gaming console, when he began discussing his plans about "shooting up a school in Texas."

    Investigators said the youth planned to get guns "from a friend in the U.S. Marines" and would "shoot a pregnant girl at school and shoot his best friend in the face."

    The B.C. man, whose name has not been released, contacted Port Alberni RCMP who, despite limited information about the youngster's whereabouts, started a cyber investigation.

    RCMP contacted Microsoft Law Enforcement Security and investigators were able to identify the computer through a numeric code and concluded the suspect was in San Antonio.

    The information was passed to San Antonio police department and their investigation led to the arrest of the teenage suspect.

    In recent years, San Antonio has experienced several high school shootings and threats of shootings.

    Pascual Gonzalez, spokesman for Northside Independent School District, said a youth has been suspended from school, and that a search of the family home uncovered no weapons.

    "The boy was very remorseful and very scared," Gonzalez told the Express.

    "We believe that the boy truly was sorry for what he was doing, but in this day and age you have to take all of these kinds of verbal statements — these verbal threats — very seriously, and he's going to have to learn that the hard way."

    The suspect cannot be named, but police confirmed he has been charged with one count of false alarm or report.

    According to the Texas Criminal Code, the crime is committed when a person "knowingly initiates, communicates or circulates a report of a present, past or future, bombing, fire, offence or other emergency that he knows is false or baseless" that would cause action by authorities, put a person in fear of imminent danger or prevent or disrupt an occupation of a building.

    Under Texas law, because the crime involved a school, the charge has been filed as a felony, the equivalent of an indictable offence in Canada, as opposed to a misdemeanour. That means the youth could serve time in a state detention facility.

    Port Alberni RCMP spokesman Staff Sgt. Lee Omilusik said this week that because the circumstances surrounding the cyber-investigation are in uncharted territory, the B.C. witness has legitimate concerns for his personal safety and was not prepared to reveal his last name to the media.

    Port Alberni is about 200 kilometres northwest of Victoria, and more than 4,000 kilometres northwest of San Antonio.
     
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  2. Glock20 10mm

    Glock20 10mm Use Linux!

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    "2 links here, one from San Antonio and one from an Edmonton paper which says"RCMP contacted Microsoft Law Enforcement Security", does Microsoft have its own cops?" -- Damn straight they do! Called NSA backdoors... why do you think the NSA selected Linux for it's secure computing platform?