Pawhuska Mother Defends Teenage Son Arrested For Social Media Post


Friday, May 20th 2016, 7:09 pm
By: Tess Maune


A Pawhuska mother is defending her 15-year-old son after he was arrested for posting what police say was a threatening picture on an anonymous social media site.

The teenager's mother, Amy Clark, said the post was taken out of context and was not meant as a threat.

Clark couldn't believe it when her 15-year-old son, Gabe, called her from the Pawhuska police department Wednesday night.

Investigators said a concerned parent reported an anonymous social media post. Clark said when her son learned police were investigating, Gabe immediately went to the department to explain the misunderstanding.

“Gabe, being 15, went and turned himself in,” she said. “He's never harmed anybody...never been in any trouble.”

Police said the post had a picture of a robot cartoon character holding a rapid firing rifle with the words, 'Don't go to school tomorrow fam.’"

Fam is short for family; it’s what Gabe’s friends, like D’artagnan Stone, say they call each other regularly.

“He ain't no bad kid,” Stone said.

Friends and family say Gabe would never threaten anyone.

“He's harmless,” said Gabe’s brother, Darren. “I know a lot of people like him.”

But police said, in today's society, they have to take posts like Gabe's seriously.

Although they called it a low threat because no school or person was named, Gabe was arrested and has been charged with a Terrorist Hoax. His bond is set at $100,000.

“For a 15-year-old that didn't even do [anything],” Gabe’s mother said.

Friday, Gabe went before a judge. His mother said the judge told her because police are still investigating her son can’t go home.

Because it's a juvenile case, the prosecutor wouldn't talk with us.