College student makes joke on Tumblr, goes to jail for six months and is banned from social media for five years

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20-year-old college student Caleb Clemmons has been in jail for six months after being charged for making “terroristic threats.” On his Tumblr blog. Here’s what he wrote:

“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.”

Despite not finding any evidence or plans to actually attack the school, he was arrested and was set a bail at $20,000, which he and his mother could not pay — hence why she was in jail for six months.

Six months after the arrest, he pleaded guilty to the charge and the judge sentenced Clemmons to five years of probation and banned him from four counties (including the one where his school is located). He is also not allowed to use social media while serving his sentence.

According to Jack Williamson, Clemmon’s lawyer, “it was deemed to be at least a threat, if nothing else.” He says that if there was some act involved, it would carry up to a 10-year prison sentence. “Nowadays, with people being shot in theaters and schools and on the streets, these types of things are looked at a whole lot differently,” he says.

So the lesson here is — just don’t post anything stupid anywhere. Even if it’s on something like a Tumblr blog.

[via The Verge, image via Facebook]

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11 comments

  1. JMJ

    [@etim] No experts required. It’s well documented. Why, it’s even stamped on my passport and driver’s license.

    As to suing you, I was just trying a patent-troll ploy on you, hoping that you’d just send a check.

  2. JMJ

    [@etim] You got a point about the skulking Canadian. “She’s” probably really a Catholic Priest looking for “converts”. :-0

    Unless you, too, are an American, you are being disrespectful to those of us who are. The proper term is: Merika.

    And, what’s this about law-degreed sick puppies? I may have to sue you for defamation. ;-)

  3. JMJ

    I can’t find it now but there was similar incident with an Amirican young man (I think 18-yrs old) who ranted during an online gaming session in response to being ragged by a competitor. This teenager, living at home with his mom and never having been in trouble, sarcastically replied to his tormenter along the lines of: Yeah, I’m so bummed out and crazy from losing that I’m going to go shoot up some school.

    A woman in **CANADA** saw the comment and called American authorities, who arrested and held the boy for six months(?) in lieu of $500,000 bail. An anonymous donor posted bail for the youngster who is still awaiting hearings/trial.

    But the JERK in this post got much, much less than he deserved. He INTENDED to cause alarm and fear by his words. That is the definition of terrorism. This lucky bastard should study hard in college and go to law school in order to do lots of pro bono work to repay his blessing.

  4. kevbo

    Correction: he, not she, was in jail for six months because he could not meet bail.

    [@etim] exactly: Dumbass. He should be thankful he got off so lightly, especially with the apparent idiot lawyer he had, judging from his statement.

  5. stephan

    There is soooo much fail.

    The courts are prosecuting this as a “terrorist threat”? it’s more like a bozo attack.

    This kid is in college and he comes up with a stupid idea like that while he’s sober?

    This kid is in college and that is as competent as he is in the English language?

  6. etim

    “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.”

    Hey, Dumbass–it worked. And don’t go around pulling fire alarms, either.