Friday, November 28, 2008

Hate Email Reverse

Hate Messages Sent to Create a ReactionPosted by Conservative Belle | 11/14/2008 12:10:00 PM | , , , | 2 comments »

The feds are reporting that a 19-year old black man from Poparville, MS sent hate messages to students at Nicholls State University using Facebook accounts. He disguised himself as a white racist and made death threats to the three black students using the phony account. Why? He says he wanted to create a reaction.

A Poplarville man faces federal charges of using the social networking Web site Facebook to threaten college students in three states, including Mississippi, for supporting President-elect Barack Obama.

FBI agents arrested Dyron Hart, 19, at his home Wednesday and charged him with sending threatening electronic messages.

Hart told authorities he did it to "create a reaction," the FBI affidavit said.
He sent the messages from his home to students at other universities too.

Authorities said Hart, who also is black, admitted making up the alias and sending the messages from his home to students at NSU, Louisiana State University, the University of Mississippi, the University of Alabama as well as to people in Poplarville.

Agents were able to trace the sender of the messages through the Internet protocol, or IP, address, the affidavit said.

"It doesn't necessarily matter if it's a joke or someone plans on carrying it out; it's a matter of sending a threat through an e-mail," FBI spokeswoman Sheila Thorne said.
If you are the recipient of these kinds of messages or threats, you should report them to the authorities immediately. I recall a Cotillion sister posting a story condemning some white supremacists who were running for office for their hateful rhetoric and she received a number of alarming threats. It is difficult to know in this electronic world if someone is serious or attempting some kind of sick prank. It is better to be safe than sorry. The FBI has a cyber-crime unit and they will respond to matters such as these, in addition to the predatory crimes of sex offenders using the Internet.

Social networking was used by the parent of a teenager to bully and terrorize another child, who eventually committed suicide over the matter. The recent murder of the woman who in Louisiana by the KKK is another example of how the Internet can be dangerous. Yes, the Internet can be a fun place to express ideas and learn, but it can also be a place where the vulnerable can be lured into extreme situations. It should not be used to defame, trick, harm or incite fear and violence.

Joke or not, I'm glad this person was caught, regardless of their race or their motive. The authorities did a good job.


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