A Secret Service agent interrogated a 13-year-old boy without parental consent over a Facebook posting.
A seventh grader Vito LaPinta from Tacoma, Washington, posted a status on Facebook that President Obama should be careful because there could be suicide bombers who seek vengeance for Osama bin Laden. A week later, he was called out of class and brought to the principal's office.
A man walked in with a suit and glasses and he said he was part of the Secret Service. He told me it was because of a post I made that indicated I was a threat toward the President. I was very scared, Vito told the local Fox affiliate.
Timi Robertson, Vito's mother, received a phone call from the school security guard. According to her, He just said, just to give you a heads up, the Secret Service is here with the police department, and they are talking to Vito. The interrogation did not wait for Vito's mother to arrive, thinking she didn't take the phone call seriously. As Ms. Robertson showed up, the Secret Service agent wrapped up the interview and let him go.
Vito said he was very scared, and his mother upset over the fact her son was interrogated without my knowledge or consent privately by secret service.
Ms. Robertson said she hopes this incident raises awareness of the way her son was treated. Vito will be careful what to post online, but the school and the Secret Service need to watch what they do, Ms. Robertson added.