Authorities in Montgomery County, Texas are powerless to stop what could be a massacre tomorrow, July 13. Someone made an anonymous threat to several individuals through Facebook, and the social media giant is refusing to do anything to help. The threat? Oh, just a little mass Second Amendmenting — that’s all.
The statement, directed at primarily young people, reads:
“I am going to kill everyone in Splendora on July 13, 2014.”
Some may view this as something of a concern — including the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office — but Facebook was not bothered enough to respond favorably to numerous requests from law enforcement that the company help identify the person.
Facebook stated that the threat did not rise to the level of an “exigency,” and refused to provide information on the individual who made the threats, and without their assistance law enforcement has no means of identifying and locating the person making the threats.
“While most threats like these are young people making idle threats they never plan to carry out, in this day and age we cannot ignore or dismiss threats of this nature,” said First Assistant District Attorney Phil Grant. “The Precinct Four Constable’s Office, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and our office have done everything in our power to track down the individual responsible for these threats and determine the seriousness of their intentions.
Unfortunately, due to Facebook’s incomprehensible lack of cooperation, we now have to take the extraordinary step of placing an entire community on notice of a threat we could have eliminated but for their stubborn and irresponsible position. Please continue to notify your local law enforcement agencies if any additional threats are received. We will continue to take this seriously and do all we can to protect this community despite Facebook’s lack of cooperation.”
It is unknown if this is a hoax, but we would have more information if Facebook acted responsibly and provided the individual’s information to police so that they may do their jobs before we face a situation in which the coroners are forced to do theirs. Even if there is no immediate threat, the person should probably be evaluated. We urge Facebook to please — PLEASE — do the right thing here.
We will update this story with (hopefully) positive results as soon as new information becomes available.