“hello. my name is irenigg and i plan on shooting up georgia southern. pass this around to see the affect it has. to see if i get arrested.”
Clemmons has been charged with “making terroristic threats via computer.” Under Georgia state law, making terroristic threats is punishable by a $1,000 fine or a five-year prison sentence.
But some say that since Clemmons was probably not serious law enforcement may be overreacting. “He essentially said he was doing it as an experiment to see how long it would take to have authorities respond. That’s foolhardy, but not illegal,” said First Amendment Center President Ken Paulson. Paulson, who is also dean of the College of Mass Communication at Middle Tennessee State University, explained that what Clemmons did is different from what’s known as a “true threat,” where there is a reasonable belief that a violent act will be committed.
Maybe, but what defines a “reasonable belief that a violent act will be committed” must be given a thorough investigation. In the wake of so many school shootings that have left bloody trails of innocent bodies, one has to ask, why would anyone taunt the system? As for how long it took for Clemmons to get arrested? Not long. Within a matter of hours he was handcuffed and perp walked to a police car waiting for him.
Bond has been set for $20,000, but Clemmons has been a prisoner for six months. And given that it’s been six months of incarceration says that someone is taking this case seriously. As they should.
(Source: Huffington Post)