Women Arrested for a Facebook Poke

Shannon D. Jackson of Hendersonville, Tennessee, was arrested on September 25th after she violated an “order of protection” by allegedly poking a woman on Facebook. The court order stated, “no telephoning, contacting or otherwise communicating with the petitioner.” Believe it or not, Jackson’s bond is set at $1,500. If found guilty Jackson could face up to 29 days in jail and a hefty $2,500 fine.

According to our regional newspaper, The Tennessean writes: “According to the affidavit filed in Sumner County General Sessions Court, Jackson is accused of using the “poke” option on Facebook to contact a Hendersonville woman, thus violating the terms of the order of protection…Hendersonville police have made copies of the page in which the alleged victim is shown to be “poked,” according to the affidavit.”

So what have we learned? Communication online, via Facebook, even just a poke, can lead to serious consequences if you already have a court ordered restraining order. Personally I found the story hilarious and thought I might share. Kodos to Mashable for dropping the story over the weekend.


Adam Faragalli