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Parent Expresses Social Media Concerns After Son's Life Threatened

RUSSELLVILLE, AR -- A Russellville man has a message for other parents after he says his son was directly named in an online school threat.
RUSSELLVILLE, AR -- A Russellville man has a message for other parents after he says his son was directly named in an online school threat.

That threat came Sunday and caused hundreds of students to stay home from Russellville Middle School.

He wants to tell parents to monitor what their kids are doing online, especially since his son was targeted in that threat earlier this week.

Mike Pounders says Russellville Police arrived at his home around 1 a.m. Monday to talk to his son who attends Russellville Middle School.

At first he thought his son was in trouble, but that's when Pounders says police told him his son was targeted in an online threat.

Police gathered information from his son and then left.

Pounders says parents need to know what's happening online.

"You have to be part of social media," Pounders said. "That's how the world is nowadays. But I would be very selective on what you allow your kids to use."

Because of the threat, he decided to keep his son home from school Monday, and Thursday was his first full day back.

Police say nothing came from the threat, but investigators did arrest two juvenile girls.
    
That threat originated on a social networking site called ask.fm. The site allows users to post questions about themselves that people can answer anonymously, and has been linked to several cyber bullying cases.
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