Mother posts Facebook message warning students that her son and his friends are bringing guns to schoolBy Mason White 11:51 AM May 3, 2016
|Jeanette Garza Alvarez|
By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A mother was arrested for scaring hundreds of parents and students with a Facebook post.
The New Mexico mother’s Facebook post landed her in serious trouble.
Jeanette Garza Alvarez of Roswell, wrote on social media that she had inside information about students planning to shoot up the school.
Her Facebook post scared many people, but she did not call school officials or police to report it.
“Anyone else’s kids go to Sierra?” Alvarez asked on Facebook. “My son says eighth graders are planning on bringing guns to school maybe on Monday, and have a shootout to see who’s the first to die.”
160 students stayed home on Monday, and more than 100 calls were made to the school administration.
Alvarez later told police that she just wanted to gather information about the rumor that the boys were planning to bring guns to school.
Alvarez was charged with creating a public nuisance, and she was given a 30-day deferred sentence and a $29 fine.
Defense attorney Luke Ragsdale said that Alvarez’s First Amendment rights of free speech were violated and that her conviction will be appealed to State District Court.