Monday, January 7, 2013

Does The Twitter Code of Conduct Cover Bomb Threats?

Posted By on Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Pardon the pun — actually, don't; it's totally appropriate in this case — but Twitter has exploded in terms of the number of uses it has when it comes to communicating, sharing information and keeping up on what's going on without ever having to look up from the laptop, tablet or smartphone.

But a couple south side teens might have gone a little too far with their recent tweets. Take it from someone who's had run-ins with oversensitive Twitter readers, this was no bueno.

Likely soon-to-be-former Sunnyside High School students Gerardo Fierros, 16, and Raymond Lopez, 17, have been arrested by Tucson police on suspicion of "interference with an educational institution" after it was discovered they'd tweeted about blowing up the school on Monday.

According to a news release, one tweet queried 'Who wants me to blow up my school tomorrow?' and was later followed by 'I will bring the C4 and the semtex.'

Both boys are in the Pima County Juvenile Correction Center for what they say (and is almost 100 percent likely the case) was a joke. No evidence has been found that there was an actual intention to do anything to Sunnyside, police said.

Twitter and other forms of social media are a great way for one to express their opinions, to be off-the-cuff or off-color, but some places just shouldn't be gone to in 140 characters that all the world can see. Especially not within a month of a mass shooting at a school.

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