No charges for alarming Facebook post
CAMAS, Wash. -- A parent who posted an alarming Facebook message on Tuesday night will not face any criminal charges, officials said Thursday.
Jeff Berni, the 39-year-old parent of a Skyview basketball player, called his actions "stupid" and apologized when he spoke to Camas police and Clark County sheriff's deputies, police said.
Berni was apparently frustrated after a boys' basketball game between Skyview High School and Camas High School when he posted the status update sometime on Tuesday evening.
The post said: "Camas fans!!!!! Worst in the league!!!!! I hope someone shoots up their school really soon!!!!!!!!"
The post followed a confrontation after the game between Berni and a group of students, said Josh Gibson, Camas School District's athletic director.
Camas High School's principal notified police, who launched an investigation.
Camas police said Thursday they will not recommend criminal charges against Berni.
"While Berni's actions were alarming, his actions did not reach the level of a criminal action," a Camas Police Department press release said.
One of the charges that prosecutors were considering -- harassment -- involves making a direct threat to a specific person and causing "reasonable fear."
"It's not against the law to wish harm on somebody else," said Camas police Sgt. Scott Boyles.
The father is barred from coming onto Vancouver School District property and Camas School District property, school officials said.
Both police and school leaders said they found Berni's post especially alarming in light of the recent shootings across the nation.