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Mom Arrested For Allegedly Posting Video Of Teen Fight, Which Sent Kid To The Hospital, On Social Media

Posting footage of a crime online is illegal in the state of Louisiana, as Maegan Adkins-Barras found out the hard way this week.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

A Louisiana mother has been taken into police custody and faces up to six months behind bars after posting footage of a high school fight onto social media.

While investigating a physical altercation that occurred at Acadiana High School on Tuesday, school resource officers determined that the mother of a student, 32-year-old Maegan Adkins-Barras, had obtained footage of the scuffle and posted it online, police said.  

Adkins-Barras allegedly admitted to investigators that she obtained the video from her son’s phone and then shared it on social media — an act that’s considered illegal in the state of Louisiana.

Adkins-Barras, a resident of Broussard, was booked at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on a charge of unlawful posting of criminal activity for notoriety and publicity, according to police. A bond amount has yet to be set, but she may be facing a maximum fine of $500 and/or six months of imprisonment if convicted, authorities said.

Maegan Adkins-Barras

The video, which police say was “shared repeatedly” online after Adkins-Barras posted it, showed one minor punching another with enough force to cause him to fall and hit his head on a concrete bench, according to a police statement. The injured student was transported to a hospital for treatment but has since been released, Lafayette-based ABC affiliate KATC reports

The identities of the students have not been shared, in accordance with the law concerning minors charged with crimes. One who was involved in the fight has been charged with second-degree battery, while the other is facing a charge of disturbing the peace by fighting, police said.

The students also faced discipline at school in accordance to guidelines set by the Lafayette Parish School System, according to KATC.

“Parents who receive information concerning criminal activity on school campuses are urged to contact their local police department or school administration. Posting videos and photos of illegal activity on social media is against the law in the State of Louisiana,” authorities said.