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Teen charged with making Internet death threats

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Shelby County teenager has been charged with making death threats online.

Shelby County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Steve Shular says the investigation began Monday in Maryland, where detectives with the Montgomery County Police Department were contacted by the principal of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda.

The principal said names of several students and school staff members were mentioned on the Web site www.peoplesdirt.com.

Montgomery Co. investigators said someone using the screen name "whitmanarson" posted a statement that read, ""Killing a few Whitman people, who would you like to see die."

Detectives tracked the e-mail address to a teenager's computer in southeast Shelby County.

According to Shular, the Shelby County Sheriff's office was contacted about the investigation Wednesday.

Deputies went to a home in Hickory Hill and arrested 17-year-old Quentin Wellmaker and seized his computer.

Wellmaker, a former student at the Bethesda high school, remains in custody at Memphis Juvenile Court, charged with commission of acts of terrorism.

"He's been a good kid and never did anything like this before," said Clara Drummond, the teen's mother.

She says the people her son allegedly threatened are his friends, and she says the whole situation has been "blown out of proportion."

Shular said detectives are still investigating whether or not Wellmaker made threats on other Web sites.

"Whatever you put out there on the Internet - specifically, anything that you post - it can be tracked back, and in this case you've got some severe consequences being faced by this young man," Shular said.

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