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Submission + - Students charged in online snow-day hoax

We used to pull the fire alarm writes: "Two teenage girls caused a number of parents to keep their kids home from school by posting a fake announcement that school was cancelled due to snow. The best part: some parents fell for it even though it wasn't snowing!

From the article: "The two Edgewood High School students, whose names were not released, were charged in juvenile court on Friday and face expulsion. One of the girls, 16, was charged with delinquency by unauthorized use of a computer and by reason of records tampering. The other, 17, was charged with delinquency by reason of complicity, Sheriff's Sgt. Monte Mayer said."

The punishment seems harsh considering the hosting company "said the system was not hacked into because no security breach was detected" and again, it wasn't snowing. Is this another case like the Boston Cartoon Netork Fiasco where pranksters are being punished for making adults look like idiots? Or do these girls deserve to be in handcuffs for making what seems to be a funny forum post?"

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