Pro-Tip: Maybe Don’t Threaten to One-Up the Marathon Bombers on Facebook?
A Methuen teen is under arrest after his Facebook posts caused concern.
Here’s a pro-tip for the youth of America: Perhaps don’t take to social media and suggest that you’d like to outdo the Boston Marathon bombers, because even if you don’t intend to follow through, law enforcement is going to make your life really, really terrible, particularly so soon after the bombings. Such is a lesson being learned by Methuen High School student Cameron Dambrosio, according to the Eagle Tribune, who allegedly “suggested he wanted to kill people and outdo the Boston Marathon bombings” on his Facebook page:
[Dambrosio was] charged with communicating a terrorist threat, a felony with a penalty of up to 20 years, said Police Chief Joseph Solomon. The language was not directed at a specific person or target, officials said, but was a general threat of violence and terrorism.
“We have zero tolerance,” he said. “We take these very seriously.”
So let this be fair warning: don’t threaten to commit acts of terrorism in a public forum, as it won’t work out well for you … unless of course you plan to actually commit the acts of terrorism, in which case, please do continue to post your intentions in a public forum, preferably several days in advance of your intended crimes.
Dambrosio is being held on $1 million bail, which … probably means he’ll be hanging out in prison for some time. He’ll have that in common with three other local teenagers, the college friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev now under arrest for allegedly helping their friend conceal evidence after the bombings.
So what does this week of really poorly considered teenage terrorism-related crime all mean? It means you can light a roller rink full of people on fire and still be just the fourth most notable teenage criminal of the week in Boston. That’s what.