A Dutch teenager sent a tweet to an airline but received little sympathy when she was arrested. She allegedly sent a threatening tweet to American Airlines on Sunday and within just a few minutes the girl had gotten back a reply from the airline telling her that her IP address had been forwarded to the FBI. She stated that through Twitter toward the airlines, that her name was Ibrahim and that she was from Afghanistan. She added that she was a part of Al Qaida and that on June 1, 2014 she was going to do something really big.
The Rotterdam, Netherlands police have confirmed they arrested the teenager due to the incident, which caused the girl to be swamped with irate messages. They also explained that the girl was from Rotterdam and ended up being arrested after the American Airlines threat and that an investigation was continuing.
Roland Ekkers, who is a spokesperson for the Rotterdam police, stated that detectives throughout the city had immediately started an investigation into the tweet after it was reported all over the world. However even before the authorities had time to track the teen down, she went into a police station on her own accord, escorted by one of her family members.
Speaking on Tuesday, Mr. Ekkers explained that the Dutch police talked to prosecutors about whether they could arrest the teen or not and after some discussion, it was decided that they could arrest the girl and so she was taken into custody.
The real trouble has not only been this one teenager but also that there have been several copycat teenagers on Twitter who have overwhelmed American Airlines with more bomb threats from Twitter after the teen from the Netherlands was arrested. They do not seem to care that she has been arrested by the authorities.
Ekkers explained that the girl was being interviewed by specifically trained officials who were used to talking to young offenders. He stated the teenager has not been officially charged with any offense as of yet, but she may end up facing charges that are associated to the crime of making false threats.
He also explained that Netherlands detectives were keeping in close touch with United States federal law officials because of the incident, but contended the investigation was being led by the Dutch authorities single-handedly.
The girl must have realized the seriousness of what she had done because she began to tweet that she had been only joking and that she was only 14 years of age and that she had never even been to Afghanistan, but the airline refused to acknowledge her after they responded with telling her that they took such threats very seriously. They then declared her IP address and other details would be forwarded to both the FBI and security.
She was begging and pleading to them about what they wanted from her but still no response. She admitted to being sorry and scared and even tried to blame it on a so-called friend but it was all in vain.
So she apparently decided to delete the tweets and she thought she “blocked” the FBI somehow. It was the Tweet chirped around the world because she ended up with over 30,000 followers by the end of Sunday evening, the majority of them also teenagers and apparently approving of what she had done.
But they seemed to be the only ones. The teen definitely noticed the gain in all her followers because she exclaimed that she had always wanted to be famous but she had meant like Demi Lovato, not like Osama bin Laden.
Even though the teens seemed to like what she had done, it has been said that numerous adult Twitter users are extremely upset and angry that she and also many other teens have pulled such pranks. They have little to no sympathy for the girl being arrested in the Netherlands, and feel she deserves no less, no matter what her age.
It has also been stated that the American Airlines tweet and also Sarah’s message were both finally deleted, and it is not actually known if there was any call actually made to the FBI. Sarah allegedly sent a threatening tweet to American Airlines on Sunday and within just a few minutes the girl had gotten back a reply from the airline telling her that her IP address had been forwarded to the FBI. She had pretended to be a terrorist and now she was being treated like one.
By Kimberly Ruble