I find it incredibly frightening that so many people don’t understand how the internet works. This goes for the technologies on cell phones and tablets too.
Thankfully, I was born before the internet became normal and grew up with it. The first time you ever heard the dial-up modem make those delightful logging in sounds was an epic feeling one can never relive. This may have also meant your house was lucky enough to get ANOTHER landline in your house. That’s when you knew your family made it. Two landlines AND the internet?! My god. I could only assume my parents hit the lottery AND that Jeeves was the smartest man around.
Once you logged in, the world was yours. You could pop in and out of chat rooms asking people for their A/S/L and browse endless AOL profiles. Magnificent. As technology grew, you downloaded AIM. Instant messenger was on the forefront. The sound of doors creaking open and slamming shut became the new norm. You needed an inventive screenname that you one day hoped your friends would call you in person. Life was changing. You could even leave an away message letting your friends know you were heating up a plate of nachos. These were the glory days.
New technology means new responsibilities. My parents didn’t understand what the internet or World Wide Web was or how it worked…we had to learn the boundaries of “getting tangled in the web” ourselves. The most important thing most of us have learned about the internet is that NOTHING on the internet is ever private. If someone wants to find something, they will. It is not hard.
Flash forward to 2015 and holy shit!! I didn’t even jump on the smart phone bandwagon until 2012. There is so much going on, who can keep up with the Apps nowadays?! Well, the police. They can do wonderful things. Suck on that, hippies. Welp. Turns out, there is an App out there called “Whisper,” where apparently you can just say whatever you want anonymously. Hmm. Sounds similar to that whole Snap Chat being “private” thing. To reiterate, NOTHING is private.
Apparently, one student from Nashoba Regonal High School learned this lesson the hard way. Earlier this week, this naïve teenage girl got herself into a boat load of trouble. She thought it would be a great idea to post a message onto Whisper about “pulling a Columbine.” What. The. Fuck. Thankfully, a dude from Worcester (I can only assume a Turtle Rider at this point) reported the post to the police and noted that the post was from Bolton. Anonymous, huh? Oh wait. The app knows where you are.
A 15 year old girl from Bolton actually posted that she wanted to pull a Columbine before she graduated. She wasn’t even born when Columbine happened, that’s how young she is. Either this girl is crying out for help OR she literally thought Columbine was funny. Either way, put this girl into some serious counseling. How do people not understand that their anonymous posts can have actual repercussions?!?!?
All the Bolton police had to do was contact Whisper and get some help from the State Police Cyber Crime Unit. That’s it. THE INTERNET IS NEVER PRIVATE. They were likely able to track this girl down with two phone calls.
Since the girl is 15, we don’t know who she is. It will likely come out eventually on social media…where else?! She has been charged with threatened use of deadly weapons and threatening to commit a crime. Hopefully Nashoba doesn’t care about what their graduation rate charts look like, I can only hope she will get expelled.