Teen Threatens to Kill Everyone in Texas Town on Facebook

    July 31, 2014
    Josh Wolford
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There are two things that teens should know about posting incendiary, possibly terroristic messages on Facebook in 2014. First, someone’s going to notice and you’re going to get caught. Also, they’re going to take that shit seriously.

Meet Melissa Johnson, which isn’t her real name. Johnson is the Facebook pseudonym created by a 13-year-old Texas girl in order to bully a cancer patient and threaten to kill the whole town.

News92 in Houston reports that first, the teen sent a Facebook message to a 13-year-old boy currently fighting cancer. It said “you should have died.”

Luckily, the boy’s mother intercepted the message.

But wait, there’s more.

It was a status, posted shortly after that incident, that put folks in Splendora, Texas on edge. “I am going to kill everybody in Splendora on July 13th.’” Rather ambitious, but pretty straightforward.

Police say that Facebook was a bit resistant to help them with their investigation into the threat, but eventually gave in. Soon, police had arrested the girl.

What’s her prize for this wonderful episode of Facebook douchebaggery? Terroristic threat charges, which is a third-degree felony! Police also took all of her electronic devices, which to a 13-year-old girl, may have been the worse of the two.

“We hope this young lady will learn from her mistake and do something positive with her life,” said Constable Hayden. “We also hope this is a wakeup call for parents. We cannot stress enough the importance of knowing what your children are doing online and talking to them about the serious consequences they’ll face if they engage in this type of behavior.”

Yeah. That about sums it up. I don’t mean to sound Orwellian here, but you should probably keep an eye on what your 13-year-old is doing online. Thirteen-year-olds have this annoying habit of being stupid as hell.

Image via Montgomery County Constable, via HLN

  • SteveDitkosQuestion

    Clearly this child is immature and not ready for social interaction. Yes, remove all her electronic devices. Maybe she will then learn how to interact with people in a responsible way after she is cut off from them except thru personal face to face experience.

    • JaiGuru

      Yes well the issue here isn’t so much that some teen dummie wasn’t ready for the world. I mean so what else is new? The issue is that we have a generation of parents who don’t seem to understand that just because you sit behind your monitor in your underwear in your bedroom doesn’t mean what you are typing/saying/recording online is done in private. The WWW, and Facebook in particular, is the most public thing most of us will ever be exposed to.

      Would you drop your child off alone in a strange city? No? Well then what the hell makes you think they should have free reign of a private computer and a private facebook account? A complete lack of common sense on the part of parents is responsible for this much more so than youthful meanness.

      Kids have NO expectation to privacy in their lives. (Let alone no practical capability of maintaining privacy online, kid or adult alike.) Don’t let them bully you as parents into having these things. YOU set the password. YOU set the time limits. YOU put the computer in a public part of your house so you can monitor their activity. YOU get off your lazy ass and learn how to use the networks your children use so you actually know what they’re doing. Failure to do so should be grounds for chemical sterilization. This is so super easy to avoid and yet here we are.

      It’s YOUR fault as parents.

      • SteveDitkosQuestion

        HOLY PRICELESS COLLECTION OF ETRUSCAN SNOODS Jai!! All good points and common sense really. But the chemical sterilization….I dunno.

        Yes, parents should be the watchmen of their children…but WHOS WATCHING THE WATCHMEN?