Man cited after video of Amendment One sign shooting goes viral

Published: May. 1, 2012 at 10:41 PM EDT|Updated: May. 31, 2012 at 10:41 PM EDT
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CABARRUS COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A Cabarrus County student is facing trouble after posting a video of himself shooting an "Amendment One" campaign sign on YouTube.

According to the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office, Jonathan Alexander Wiles is the man in the video.

In the video, he talks about the Amendment and then shoots the anti-amendment sign with a shotgun.  The video quickly went viral online.

Investigators say Wiles was "very cooperative and has taken full responsibility for his actions and mistake."

Deputies says Wiles didn't realize he could possibly offend others when he posted the video. They say he took the video down and even contacted YouTube to have it permanently removed.

"We have uncovered nothing to make us think he has any terroristic tendencies or violent leanings," a release from the Sheriff' Office on Tuesday stated. "It was very clear to the investigators that this young man had no intent to harm anyone. He made a very poor decision and did not think about the potential ramifications."

However, Wiles is still facing punishment from the video.

After discussing the case with the District Attorney, Wiles was cited for discharging a firearm within close proximity to a residential district.

He could face an additional citation as well for destroying the sign, deputies say, but they must clearly identify a victim, or owner of the sign. They say, so far, it has been difficult to locate.

"It's unfortunate that as technically savvy as our youth are today, they still have no idea what "global" means," deputies told WBTV. "He truly thought only his circle of friends would see it and thought it would just be funny."