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Nashoba High School Girl Who Threatened To “Pull A Columbine” On Whisper Doesn’t Understand The Internet

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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.

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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.

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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.

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15 Comment(s)
  • May 25, 2016 at 2:48 am

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  • TurtleBoySpurts
    June 3, 2015 at 11:16 am

    They’ll have a hard time convicting her of anything tangible given this week’s 8-1 ruling by the SCOTUS that somebody simply posting threats of violence on social media is not sufficient to prove intent, and is thus not, in and of itself, a convictable offense. Hurrah for the First Amendment.

    • ShastaMcnasty
      June 3, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      It was 7-2. EOE V Abercrombie and Fitch was 8-1. But basically yes, the precedent is that threatening speech is now protected, unless there is proof without a reasonable doubt the speaker will carry out the violence..

      • TurtleBoySpurts
        June 3, 2015 at 1:07 pm

        Yes, I stand corrected. The June 1, 2015 NY Times article by Adam Liptak erroneously reported the SCOTUS decision on Elonis to be 8-1.

        The decision is more accurately 7.5 to 1.5, as Justice Alito filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part. Justice Thomas was the only one who once again had no fucking clue about any of it, and dissented just because.

        But hey, either way the SCOTUS got this one exactly right, as they did in the Abercrombie case, where 8 SC Justices showed their clear understanding that our Constitution protects the religious rights of all Americans, including those who are Muslim.

        Justice Thomas, one of the few blacks who truly does owe his position not to ability, but rather, affirmative action, offered the only dissenting opinion, and showed once again that he’s just a complete moron without even a grade-school understanding of one of the most fundamental tenets of our Constitution.

        • RJ
          June 3, 2015 at 3:06 pm

          The Abercrombie case actually has nothing to do with the constitution or constitutional protections. That’s just idiotic.

          • TurtleBoySpurts
            June 3, 2015 at 3:28 pm

            Really? So you believe that the SCOTUS heard a case that has nothing to do with the Constitution or Constitutional protections? Now, THAT’s idiotic. You’re a regular Turtlebrain, RJ.

          • RJ
            June 3, 2015 at 3:36 pm

            Did you even read the decision? It’s really not that long.

          • TurtleBoySpurts
            June 3, 2015 at 4:36 pm

            Yes, I did read the opinion, and unlike you, I understand it.

            Here is the court’s holding:

            “To prevail in a disparate-treatment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, an applicant need show only that his need for an accommodation was a motivating factor in the employer’s decision, not that the employer actually knew of his need.”

            It clearly has everything to do with the Constitution, particularly with respect to the protections of Civil Rights under the 14th amendment, and to claim otherwise make you look like just another ignorant Tea Party “Constitutionalist”.

          • RJ
            June 3, 2015 at 7:47 pm

            If you don’t understand what the constitution is, what a right is or what the constitution deals with, I can’t help you. Congress is granted the power to regulate workplace discrimination under the commerce clause. It has nothing to do with the bill of rights. Zero. Nada. The constitution doesn’t regulate how businesses interact with people. It doesn’t regulate how people deal with each other. You have every right to be an idiot, but you’re abusing it.

          • TurtleBoySpurts
            June 3, 2015 at 8:18 pm

            Hahaha… I just love that you’re wrong but won’t admit it. Where’s Stevie Hambone when you need him? I hear he’s one of the foremost Constitutional experts in the country. At least until you have an actual question about the Constitution. ROFL

          • ShastaMcnasty
            June 4, 2015 at 10:42 am

            It means first that the burden of proof about your religious affiliation is on the employer not us. Second it cements the religious portion of discrimination in the EOE act, the poster you see in the break room at work. Which is a hell of a lot less as bad as the Hobby Lobby case, which allows a corporation to ignore lines of federal law based on their religious preference.

        • ShastaMcnasty
          June 4, 2015 at 10:43 am

          Never thought I would be in agreement, but c’est la vi.

  • Adam
    June 3, 2015 at 8:02 am

    This young woman has obviously been oppressed by white male privilege.

  • Finnish Goalie
    June 3, 2015 at 6:27 am

    No doubt she started playing those wicked old games like Doom and Quake and they damaged her beyond repair.

  • Wabbitt
    wabbitt
    June 2, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    If Boone were running Nashoba, that little psycho wouldn’t miss a day. And when she eventually killed some of her classmates, it would be because of racism or sexism or anything that isn’t “she should have been thrown into a padded cell years ago.”

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