A 14-year-old African American girl who set up a fake white supremacist Twitter account and sent out a tweet threatening violence at her Maryland high school has been charged with a juvenile citation.
The Anne Arundel County Police Department started their investigation after Arundel High School in Maryland reported a Twitter account called “Kool Kids Klan KKK” that sent out a tweet saying: “We’re planning to attack tomorrow.”
The Twitter account used similar language as a racist petition by the “Kool Kids Klan” that had circulated around the same school. The Washington Post reported the incident, claiming the petition described African Americans as a “scourge,” who “invented” rape and stealing, and said the petition spoke of “the supreme white race.”
Police cooperated with Twitter and identified the person behind the “Kool Kids Klan” social media account: a 14-year-old African-American female who attends the very same school she targeted.
According to CBS Baltimore, the girl admitted to creating the account and sending out the threatening message on social media after the police interviewed her. She was charged with a juvenile citation for disrupting school activities.
One parent said: “It makes me really upset. I can’t believe that students would write something like that.” Arundel High freshman Taylor Nash said he “felt unsafe at the school and a little hurt” following the violent threat.
A spokesperson for the school district, Bob Mosier, said that while he cannot disclose the exact consequences for the children involved, the school “acted aggressively and they administered appropriated disciplinary action.”
Anne Arundel County Public Schools Superintendent George Arlotto released the following statement:
I want to thank Police Chief Tim Altomare, State’s Attorney Wes Adams, County Executive Steve Schuh, and their staffs for their thorough and expeditious work to identify a suspect in the online post that threatened violence at Arundel High School this week. The anonymity of the internet provides a murky and complex disguise for many who want to threaten the safety and security of our communities. Our partners in the Police Department and county government peeled back that disguise quickly in this case, in the process reassuring parents, students, and staff that our schools are safe places in which to educate our children.