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Girl arrested after "joke" bomb threat tweet


We've all accidentally tweeted a stupid message when we're a little tired and emotional. However, sometimes messages on social media aren't just ill-advised and idiotic, they can also get us into trouble.

One 14-year-old girl, from Holland, found this out the hard way when she tweeted a fake bomb threat to American Airlines, and was subsequently arrested by the Dutch authorities.

However, then American Airlines responded, saying that they'd passed over her details to the FBI.

Sarah, realising how stupid her original tweet had been, quickly backtracked and said she was sorry and that she was deleting her tweet.

This isn't the first time someone's got into trouble for fake bomb threats on social media.

Back in 2010, Paul Chambers, 26, tweeted that he was going to blow up an Robin Hood airport. In his message, which went out to 600 followers, Chambers said: "Robin Hood Airport is closed. You've got a week... otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!"

The trainee accountant was arrested a week later by four officers from South Yorkshire police who visited his office at a car distribution firm in Doncaster, and in May 2010 Chambers was convicted of sending a menacing electronic message and fined £1,000. However in 2012, after an appeal, Chambers' conviction was quashed.

Heiress Paris Hilton also found herself in hot water in 2010, after she tweeted how much she loved her new Chanel handbag. This would have been fine, except Hilton had been arrested earlier in the month on charges of possession of cocaine, which had been found in her Chanel handbag.

She had at first denied the bag was hers, but Twitter clearly proved otherwise. She then had to pay £1,196 ($2,000) and do 200 hours community service.



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