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Finnish police arrest, detain boy for YouTube threat

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 11 Nov 2007 18:15 User comments (7)

Finnish police arrest, detain boy for YouTube threat Less than a week after a Finnish school student, Pekka-Eric Auvinen, shot and killed six students and two members of staff at the Jokela school before fatally shooting himself, Finnish police officers arrested and detained another youth for making a similar threat on YouTube. The 16 year old had posted a video titled "Maaninka massacre" on YouTube, similar to what Auvinen did last week.
The boy, who lives in Maaninka, was arrested on Friday and his computer was confiscated. He claims that his video was only a joke; apparently he has not learned the concept of bad taste at just 16 years or age. Auvinen had made many disturbing YouTube videos and in the hours before his attack on his school, he posted a video titled "Jokela High School Massacre - 11/7/2007" on his YouTube channel.

Similar threats were made against schools in Kirkkonummi and Tuusula on Friday, forcing many students to leave school early. With the arrest of the 16 year old on Friday, Finnish authorities seem to be keeping a close eye on YouTube activity and activity on similar sites.

Putting copyright issues aside, sites like YouTube have had more than their fair share of controversy over how their services are being abused in this way. A good example is how a Mexican drug war found its way on to YouTube, where gang members posted extreme videos, often including footage of murder, to taunt their rivals and to provoke more violence.

Social networking sites have also been a venue for online bullying for many years, and so the move to video bullying found its ground primarily on YouTube as well. It is a shame that sites like YouTube are abused in this way because for all the good the services may provide, it is examples such as the above that will be remembered and will gain most media attention.

Source:
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7 user comments

112.11.2007 4:15

Lets hope that boy learn something....

212.11.2007 4:32

Damn those idiots, the net was made for fun, porn and downloading music, don't they get it yet?

Jokes aside (previous was, a bad one, i know)

I never understand the idiots that massacre their schoolmates (obviously, not friends) and then off themselves, first off if you're so cool, WHY don't you face the consequences? (i.e. Do jail time and -God Willing- get killed) and if you are going to kill yourself and make a big deal about it, just off yourself, choose a holiday, or at least join a cause, dress as a Buddhist monk and incinerate yourself, so people at least will believe you were worth something. Sad you have to take innocents lives to get noticed.

People fighting Cancer deserve more the life this losers trow away.

And that one was not a joke

Just A Though.

312.11.2007 8:20
ali2007
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Damn those idiots, the net was made for fun, porn and downloading music, don't they get it yet?

Jokes aside (previous was, a bad one, i know)

I never understand the idiots that massacre their schoolmates (obviously, not friends) and then off themselves, first off if you're so cool, WHY don't you face the consequences? (i.e. Do jail time and -God Willing- get killed) and if you are going to kill yourself and make a big deal about it, just off yourself, choose a holiday, or at least join a cause, dress as a Buddhist monk and incinerate yourself, so people at least will believe you were worth something. Sad you have to take innocents lives to get noticed.

People fighting Cancer deserve more the life this losers trow away.

And that one was not a joke

Just A Though.



you got that right we have got a lot idiots,
life is living f**k till you live

412.11.2007 12:25

geez, what is up with people these days...

512.11.2007 15:59

This is a wild article. Its a shame people have to suffer for what others do.

61.12.2007 21:56

this is very bad judgment on the boys part and very bad taste and this is not a laughing matter i hope this teaches this young immature kid a lesson and i hope its a eye oppener to any young people or anyone for that matter is thinking about this kinda childish poor act.

717.2.2008 6:26

Maybe they should also start going after the parents of these nut cases. Kids aren't inherintly bad, they are a product of their up bringing. If the parents let these kids get this way without noticing or acting, then they to deserve what the innocents got!

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