There is no doubt that some Americans may be frustrated with President Barack Obama’s policy choices and role in office, and they would gladly welcome a new Republican president to take his place in November, but sometimes, the thoughts you have inside of your head should not make their way to the internet.
Take 16-year-old Alyssa Douglass for example. The frustrated teen from Ohio (who isn’t even old enough to vote, mind you) used Twitter as a platform to vent her frustrations with the nation’s leader and exposed her anger in the Twitterverse like it was her own personal diary.
It’s no surprise that soon after Douglas made a threat against the president’s life, her Twitter account itself was assassinated—wiped from the internet—but not before her personal information was posted by angry readers and hundreds of people reacted to her unacceptable behavior.
When intimate details about this teenager’s life were exposed to the general public, her Facebook profile quickly vanished, too.
To say the least, users on Twitter were none-too-pleased with the vitriol spewed from Douglas’ 16-year-old brain during Obama’s reelection pitch.
— Elizabeth Hill (@crystalraven09) September 7, 2012
Some blamed it on the Grand Old Party’s politics and the message they may be spreading to America’s youth, Tweeting “this [is] what the hate speech of the GOP has caused. A misguided 16 year [old] calling for the Presidents [sic] assassination.”
Others merely ratted out Douglas to the Twitter police, the CIA and, of course, the FBI, without hesitation.
Whether Douglas got a knock on the door that evening from officials investigating her hateful, misguided tweet, or the shock of hundreds of people slamming her and calling her out for her particular choice in words remains unclear, however, what is obvious is that the internet never forgets, and even when you try to wipe your online-trail clean, others have captured your regrettable rants.
According to Cincinnati.com, the Secret Service got involved after the Tweet became widely read. The report said the “local Secret Service office said it will report its findings to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Southern District of Ohio.”