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Sayre woman facing charges after viral Facebook post

SAYRE, Pa. (18 NEWS) - A Facebook post has resulted in hundreds of calls to local law enforcement and a Sayre woman now facing charges.

Police say Mackenzie Harper posted to Facebook saying she pushed an African American child in front of a train.

The post went viral and sparked an investigation by Sayre Police and the FBI.

Authorities found no evidence of the crime stated in the post.

When authorities questioned Harper - she says she didn't do it.

A further investigation showed Harper lied to authorities and is facing charges.

One legal expert tells 18 News although we have the right to say things on social media, even if they are not true, there are consequences if the situation involves law enforcement.

"You can't lie to the FBI and that often is what they charge people with," said Ziff Lawfirm partner Adam Gee.  "Speech like this doesn't serve any purpose and anyone saying these words should know it's going to cause public alarm and it's going to cause law enforcement to become involved." 

Harper has been charged with false report, disorder conduct and tampering with evidence - all misdemeanors.


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