But this teen, man, she’s in a world of hurt. She’s using Twitter just like any other dummy 14-year-old would. Had I been left alone to my devices at that age, I probably would have thought to do something similar””though I can only hope my past self would have been smart enough not to hit “send.”
Sarah tweeted a fake terrorist message to American Airlines:
After tweeting the threat, deleting the threat, claiming she did not make the treat and then saying her account had been hacked, Sarah, who claims to be a Demi Lovato fan from the Netherlands, had gained over 30,000 new Twitter followers.
Sarah from the Netherlands was later arrested””after basking in all the Twitter glory and thousands of new followers she gained as a result of her stunt:
A spokesperson for the Dutch police told Business Insider, “We’re not in a state that we can communicate any state of charges at this point, we just thought it was necessary to bring this out mostly because of the fact that it caused a great deal of interest on the Internet.”
Oh, Sarah. Once Sarah found out she was in hot water, she did what any young teen would have done. She tweeted a whole bunch of other dumb tweets in a flurry, such as: “omfg I was kidding.” “I’m just stupid okay.” and “Omg I gained 3k followers today.”
Derp. That’s probably not going to hold up in a court of law, Sarah. As a last ditch effort, Sarah cried woe as she tweeted her need for legal representation. Hopefully, the same Twitter that led to her demise will also come to her rescue. Maybe Sarah will find a Twitter lawyer who works pro bono fighting for troubled careless teens?
I personally chalk this one up to the stupidity of a teenager. I am not knocking teens, but I do remember my teenage years vividly. I had the desire to do a lot of crazy shit, and the only thing that stopped me was lack of access. I can bet you that if Twitter was around 15 years ago, someone in my high school would have done something exactly like this.
Though Sarah gained momentary Twitter fame, the Twitterverse wasn’t exactly supportive. Here are a few of the best Twitter responses to her plight:
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