Some things are not meant to be posted or tweeted online, and this 18-year-old teen from Waterbury, Connecticut has learned this lesson the hard way. This, after local police arrested him after he posted a bomb threat on his Tweeter account Saturday.
While Republican Presidential aspirant Donald Trump, who was in Connecticut last Saturday to campaign his presidential bid to secure a party nomination, Sean Morkys, 18, Tweeted a bomb threat online.
“Is someone going to bomb the Trump rally or am I going to have to?” Morkys joked on his micro-blogging account Twitter as reported by the Connecticut State Police.
According to the police, Morkys even went on to warn a Tweeter follower to get his family leave the venue so as to avoid getting hurt.
The series of bomb tweets from Morkys prompted officers of the US Secret Service to contact the Connecticut State Police for help in tracking down who posted the same tweets.
The coordinated operation between the local police and the Secret Service has led them to the house of Morkys, which resulted in the arrest of Morkys. The authorities, however, didn’t see eminent threat from Morkys, who was released after paying a $25,000 bond.
There have been several reports of students and even travelers arrested after cracking bomb jokes. But is it really illegal or unlawful for someone to crack a bomb joke?
According to Lisa Simeone of the TSA Blog, it isn’t. In fact, Simeone added, there’s really no law that prohibits anyone from cracking a bomb joke, whether online or offline.
“It has become commonly known that making such jokes is a federal offense. It isn’t. There is no Comic Relief Act that makes joking a violation of the U.S. Code. It is an urban legend intentionally created by threatening arrests and twisting existing laws. Even actual prosecutions are rare. In the meantime, there is not a single case of a terrorist warming up his victims with a lead-in joke,” Simeone wrote.
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