What state do you live in?
California. San Francisco Area
Thank you for the additional information.
You can also file a police report because what he did fits the definition of a crime in California:
422. (a) Any person who willfully threatens to commit a crime whichwill result in death or great bodily injury to another person, withthe specific intent that the statement, made verbally, in writing, orby means of an electronic communication device, is to be taken as athreat, even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out,which, on its face and under the circumstances in which it is made,is so unequivocal, unconditional, immediate, and specific as toconvey to the person threatened, a gravity of purpose and animmediate prospect of execution of the threat, and thereby causesthat person reasonably to be in sustained fear for his or her ownsafety or for his or her immediate family's safety, shall be punishedby imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed one year, or byimprisonment in the state prison. (b) For purposes of this section, "immediate family" means anyspouse, whether by marriage or not, parent, child, any person relatedby consanguinity or affinity within the second degree, or any otherperson who regularly resides in the household, or who, within theprior six months, regularly resided in the household. (c) "Electronic communication device" includes, but is not limitedto, telephones, cellular telephones, computers, video recorders, faxmachines, or pagers. "Electronic communication" has the same meaningas the term defined in Subsection 12 of Section 2510 of Title 18 ofthe United States Code.
The police then may decide to charge the individual. I would suggest if you decide to take that route to print out a copy of the Facebook message to show the police so they can decide how to proceed.
Thanks for your response, I am aware of this issue, but the real issue I am trying to get to is if i can link this threat he has made to the original issue concerning my cousin, who is being denied financial aid and has a bill of $27,000 rather than $0.00 if his mother and boyfriend were to provide their financial documents to the office. To try to measure the severity of his relationship with his mother and her boyfriend, my cousin has lived with me since age 4, he is 18 now, under the support of my mother, but his mother claims him as a dependent when she has never provided any financial support to my cousin eversince abandonment. He has considered emancipation but is 18 now. As a person that has the ability to put my foot in the door with this "facebook threat" can I link this issue to that in a legal matter?
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