The golden rule of social media is, “think about it before you hit publish.” A Texas teen is learning that the hard way.
A Texas teenager was arrested on Monday on suspicion of posting a photo on social media showing an air rifle that was accompanied by text that police saw as a threat of violence against Fort Worth officers, police said.
The 17-year-old has been charged with making a terrorist threat for a Dec. 22 tweet that showed an image of an air rifle pointed at a police car with the caption: “Should I do it? They don’t care for a black male anyways!”
A lawyer is not listed for the youth in online jail records. His bond is set at $500.
The Fort Worth Police Department Homeland Security/Intelligence Unit launched an investigation and determined the photo was a “threat of violence toward police officers,” according to a press release.
“It’s not a joke. When we feel threatened, we will act on it,” Fort Worth Police spokeswoman Tamara Pena said at a news conference.
The threat made by the black teenager in Texas comes as attention on racially charged shooting incidents involving police has increased nationwide after a white officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, in August.