Whatever cruel fate Vito LaPinta may have thought awaited him in the principal's office at Truman Middle School in Tacoma last week, it's probably safe to say that a conversation with the United States Secret Service wasn't part of it. But from now on, the next time he gets in trouble he'll likely be asking himself if he's made any threats against the President lately.
The Feds came to Truman Middle School last week after Vito posted a status update [on Facebook] about Osama bin Laden's death. According to U.S. Attorney spokesperson Emily Langley, who would not go on camera or show us his entire post, part of it read "First order, suicide bomb Obama. Suck it!"
Again: "Suicide bomb Obama. Suck it!"
Yep, that'll do it.
LaPinta's mom is reportedly livid about the fact that she wasn't called before her son was questioned.
"I just about lost it," she said. "My 13 year-old son is supposed to be safe and secure in his classroom and he's being interrogated without my knowledge or consent privately."
It turns out, however, that federal agents can question a minor without a parent present depending on the severity of whatever they need to discuss. Not that the minor has to say anything to them.
He or she can, in fact, tell them to "suck it."
Although it would be wise to leave any references to suicide-bombing the President out of the conversation.