Everyone should be aware that threats on internet, even if they appear under the form of jokes, are taken seriously nowadays and that’s confirmed by the case of a 14-year-old Dutch girl who was taken into custody by police in the Netherlands on Monday, just 24 hours after she posted a terror-related joke to the American Airlines Twitter account.
It is interesting the fact that the teen has been arrested at the own initiative of the Dutch police and not following a demand from FBI or AA.
The incident kicked off when a girl named Sarah (and owning Twitter account @QueenDementriax that has meanwhile been deleted) posted the frightening message: “Hello my name’s Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan. I’m part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I’m gonna do something really big bye.” That sounded indeed scary!
After figuring out what she’s done, the youngster tried to repair her mistake by posting a string of regret messages: “omfg I was kidding, I’m so sorry I’m scared now. I was joking and it was my friend not me, take her IP address, not mine” “I was kidding pls don’t I’m just a girl pls.” Then she added: “And I’m not from Afghanistan”, “I never did anything wrong in my life”, “Pls, save my life”.”
Next, we heard from the Dutch police that she was detained in Rotterdam.
Of course she will be released because the underage are not held accountable for their actions, instead their parents are, and there is no legislation for putting kids behind bars, but this example should be taken as a clear model by many others.
In a conversation with Business Insider, Dutch police said: “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.”