Folks are understandably a little uneasy after the George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin verdict. At times like these, people tend to say things that they will later regret.
One such person is a 15 year old Chicago area teen who goes by the Twitter handle @Mark12394995. In a tweet that has since been erased, he tweeted the following:
The teen was arrested, but later freed as police found no weapons, and no evidence that his threats were credible or worth taking precautions against.
While the teen has deleted the above tweet, he hasn’t sworn off Twitter altogether. As a matter fact, he’s done the opposite.
He apparently isn’t too shaken up about being arrested. His tweets after the first offending one show the same lack of judgment that may be typical of a 15 year old, but are not advisable for someone in the spotlight over a wrongdoing. In the tweet above where he calls someone “retard”, he denies mentioning his school in the original tweet, but he did. Also, it appears that the teen hasn’t considered one truth about social media that is coming to fore here – your social media posts may attract long term attention that you really don’t want. No doubt George Zimmerman has some supporters, and they are probably not he kid of folks you want to be fighting on Twitter.
The rule of thumb about asking yourself whether your grandmother would approve of that tweet is still a pretty good one. If I were his grandma, I’d tell him to lay off the Twitter for a while.
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