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Prank Xbox Live Massacre Messages Land Maryland Teen in Jail

Xbox Live Behind BarsOk. Let's try this again: Sending threatening messages to anyone, for any reason, even if it's a joke, even if it's using another person's account or e-mail address is a really, really, really, really, really bad idea. Really. Take, for instance, the recent tale of one (unnamed) Maryland teenager who is now headed to court to face charges of sending threatening messages to about 100 people via a stolen Xbox Live account. While posing as the user from whom the account was stolen, the teen sent messages to students at Berkeley Heights High School, claiming that he was going to bring a gun to school and take out his fellow classmates. With a little help from Microsoft, Berkeley Heights police tracked down the impersonator and arrested him. Authorities don't believe the teenager actually planned to shoot anyone, and said that students at Berkeley Heights High School were in no immediate danger. Still, simply threatening such things, even as a prank, is enough to land yourself in the pokey.

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