A fictitious Facebook post caused the Wadena Police Department to caution residents about sharing social media posts last week.
The original post said that on Thursday, September 10, a person driving by Burlington Northern Park in Wadena allegedly saw a man offering two children some candy. The person making the post said that he got out of his vehicle, confronted the alleged offender and held him at gunpoint until law enforcement arrived.
As it turns out, the event never happened.
“Upon learning of this Facebook posting, law-enforcement knew immediately that there was never a call into dispatch for us to respond as this fictitious post indicates. So we investigated further into this allegation. Officers have now spoken to the original person who created this post on Facebook and it was acknowledged that it was false and never happened.”
The Wadena Police Department said that it will be submitting a report to its prosecuting attorney’s office for review of charges against the individual who originally posted this fictitious incident.
The Wadena Police Department said on its Facebook page, “Our agency would like to strongly remind everyone to be cautious when sharing posts from random people on social media platforms. Had a situation like this actually occurred in our City, our agency personnel would have notified the public immediately, and shared that information through our Facebook page and our local media resources as well.”