Spin- A California 15-year-old has been arrested and charged with making “terrorist threats and disrupting school activity” after allegedly posting lyrics from Eminem’s “I’m Back” on his Instagram page. As The Fresno Bee reports (via Stereogum), Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer said that they believed “that there was potential for a threat to be carried out,” because of a quotation of lyrics that reference the shootings at Columbine High School.
The lines quoted were as follows:
“I take seven kids from Columbine, stand ’em all in a line, add an AK-47, a revolver, a nine, a MAC-11 and it oughtta solve the problem of mine. And that’s a whole school of bullies shot up all at one time. I’m just like Shady and just as crazy as the world was over this whole Y2K thing.”
Police argued that he fit the bill of other school shooters because he was a “loner” and “socially awkward.” The boy’s house was later raided and a number of unregistered firearms and a bulletproof vest were recovered underneath a closet in his father’s bedroom, but neither he nor his father claim to have any knowledge of their provenance. The boy’s father could reportedly also face charges for improper storage of firearms.
The boy is denying that he posted the lyrics, suggesting that his computer may have been “hacked.”
I believe we should all realize by now that we can't take everything that we see online seriously. I think we can all agree on that, after all, you are reading this blog so one would hope your mind is of the open variety. However, when I read what this "socially awkward" 15 year old posted online before being subsequently arrested my only thought was this: Good riddance. No, I don't care that he was referencing an old Eminem song about murdering a bunch of bullies. I don't even care that the lyrics he posted referred to past school shootings. However, there are some things that I do care about.
For one, posting lyrics on social media. I'm not saying I haven't done it, I am just saying I have hated myself for it later. You post lyrics online then you are an asshole and you probably deserve whatever you've got coming to you...even if it's jail time. You have a quote that means a lot to you then tattoo it on your ass or scribble on your wall in crayon. That would actually fit in perfectly with the 'future serial killer' narrative that's already beginning to formulate here. Secondly, if you absolutely have to turn your trigger fingers into Twitter fingers would it kill you to give mention to it's original creator. I mean, you picked a couple lines in a song where Slim Shady refers to himself in the third person. Simply inserting a '- Eminem' at the end would have gone a long way in cleaning up that confusion. Lastly, can I get a relevant quote? You couldn't find one quote in the last 15 years of hip hop that you could relate to? If I had to estimate, there's been about 52 school shootings since then. You're 15 years old bro. You were a twinkle in your mother's eye during the Y2K hysteria. The fact that you even knew what 'Columbine' referenced shows you have been studying your potential predecessors far too much. A majority of your "friends" reading that don't even know what the fuck you're talking about. They just see incoherent rumblings about killing people that are mean. I bet you one of those bullies that makes this quote so relatable to you was the person that alerted the authorities. So yeah, you do belong in prison, and I want you to sit in the corner and think about what you've done, because plagiarizing obsolete lyrics on social media is really like three crimes rolled into one.
Wait, what? His personality was that of a mass murderer and they raided his house and found a bunch of unregistered guns and a bullet proof vest? Meh, still think my charges are worse.
P.S. That song is STILL a jam though.