by Stanley Azuakola
Remember this tweet: “Someone need to assassinate Obama… like ASAP. #DieYouPieceOFSh*t.”
It was tweeted by a 16-year-old girl called Alyssa Douglas on Friday morning while President Obama was delivering his speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. We reported about it here, together with some other vicious tweets at the president that day.
(Also read: Top 10 swooning tweets on Obama DNC speech)
Immediately she posted it, it was met by a barrage of criticism from her followers, with one Twitter user saying to her, “What is wrong with you that you have so much hatred so early? You need help.” Another Twitter user called for the teen’s arrest saying, “Arrest this lunatic like ASAP. Have fun in jail Alyssa RT.”
And the last has not been heard about the matter.
The Clinton Massie School District, where Douglas is a high school student have met with Douglas and her parents over the matter. Also, the Secret Service is investigating Douglas’s threat. Their findings will be reported to the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio.
It’s a federal offense in the United States to threaten the president or the vice president.
A 21-year-old man from Charlotte, Donte Jamar Sims was arrested by the Secret Service for this tweet on Monday: “Ima Assassinate president Obama this evening!” That was a few days before the president arrived Charlotte.
There have been quite a few death threats targeting President Barack Obama recently. In March, Brent Dickinson, a 33-year-old man was arrested in New York after being accused of attempting to take Obama’s life. He was subsequently charged to court with two counts of making terroristic threats, and his bail was set at $100,000.
And even more recently, four men (active duty and former US military members) were charged with malice murder, felony murder, criminal gang activity, aggravated assault and using a firearm while committing a felony after killing two people to keep their plans to assassinate the president and take over the government secret.
They were part of the US’s domestic terrorist organisation called F.E.A.R (Forever Enduring Always Ready).