Snapchat maniac, Facebook maniac, Twitter maniac and so on… What does it all mean? Social media is a huge part of our everyday lives, and many of us have many accounts all over social media. Many of these social media platforms include Snapchat, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and so many more. People can use social media for good… or for bad.
Snapchat Maniac: Teenager arrested
The recent arrest of Nathan Tomlin, an 18-year-old from Lebanon, made headlines everywhere. He admitted he made a Snapchat video in which he promised to shoot two students from his high school. Nathan now has two harassment charges against him.
Snapchat Maniac: He says he wasn’t serious on Snapchat
The teenager himself says it was just a prank. Although he stated he was not going to shoot anybody, the rifle and ammo were present in the Snapchat video. On top of this, he had decided which bullet was for which people. The police took the weapon away.
Snapchat Maniac: Empty threat or an actual threat, it’s still jail time
We all remember those times when someone threatened to do something on social media and it wasn’t taken seriously — and people got hurt. Social media offers such a good platform for hiding your actual face that it makes it easier for people to be bullies and make empty threats. But how can you possibly tell the jokers from the serious ones? That’s right, you can’t. So, joke or not, you’ll still go to jail.
The police of Lebanon say that they fully understand there’s a chance this was just a stupid teenage prank. However, this prank caused so much trouble for this boy, who will now forever have a criminal record. Was it worth it? We really don’t think so. All in all, social media is for entertainment and good, not threats.
Social media is a huge part of our everyday lives, so let’s keep our virtual environment clean.