Dutch Teen Arrested For Joke Terror Tweet
This week in “What Not To Do on Social Media:” a 14-year-old girl in the Netherlands has been arrested for tweeting a threat against American Airlines, police confirmed to Business Insider. The girl’s freakout following a response from the airline made her a viral sensation.
On Sunday, the girl, who has the name Sarah and goes by the handle @QueenDemetriax, tweeted at American Airline’s official account, saying: “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.”
The airline responded that they “take these threats very seriously” and would forward her information to the FBI.
Sarah then fired off a rapid series of tweets, where she contended she was just joking, and pleaded with the airline not to do anything. She later wrote that she had deleted the tweet and blocked the FBI, and would not tell her parents lest they take away her account.
Unsurprisingly, those security measures were ineffective for Sarah. However, she did gain tens of thousands of new followers. Responding to her Internet fame, Sarah wrote that she had always wanted to be “Demi Lovato famous, not Osama bin Laden famous.”
A spokesperson for the police in Rotterdam, Sarah’s hometown, told the MailOnline that they had launched an independent investigation after learning of the tweet, and then decided that they had what was necessary to arrest her.