A 14-year-old Dutch girl was arrested over the weekend for allegedly tweeting a terror threat to American Airlines.
The girl, who goes by the name Sarah or @QueenDemetriax_ on her Twitter account, Tweeted the following message to American Airlines: “Hello, my name is Ibrahim and I am from Afghanistan. I’m part of Al Qaida and on June 1 I am gonna do something really big bye.” It wasn’t long after when American Airlines responded with: “Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI.”
Upon seeing the very real response from American Airlines, Sarah sent half a dozen or so additional Tweets, begging for forgiveness and even claiming that it was her “friend” who posted the message, not her. But American Airlines did not respond to Sarah’s tweets, leaving the case in the hands of the FBI and Rotterdam Police Department.
The 14-year-old girl who’s believed to have sent the terror tweet gained a massive amount of social followers from the incident. According to media reports, she gained over 20,000 Twitter followers during the weekend alone! Of course, Twitter eventually suspended her account once they were notified of her terror tweet.
Although she had no idea where American Airlines had truly sent her IP address and information to the authorities, Sarah remained fearful of being arrested. At one point she heard a knock on her front door, assuming it was the police to take her into custody. Upon answering the door, however, she was greeted by a neighbor.
According to the Rotterdam Police Department, Sarah turned herself into police with the company of a parent for questioning. There’s been no word yet on what (if any) charges she will face for the terror tweet.
“We’re not in a state that we can communicate any state of charges at this point,” Dutch police spokesperson Wessel Stole told Business Insider. “We just thought it was necessary to bring this out mostly because of the fact that it caused a great deal of interest on the Internet.”
What’s even more shocking with this case is that it apparently spurred a copycat. On Monday, another Twitter user sent a terror threat to Southwest Airlines, which the airline responded with: “The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority. Your info had been given to the appropriate authorities.”