These days there are certain things that you should not joke about if you don’t want to get into trouble with the law. For example joking about having a bomb on board an airlines could get you kicked off the flight and arrested. More recently a 13-year old boy was arrested after telling Siri he wanted to shoot up a school.
According to the reports, the 13-year old told Siri, “I am going to shoot up a school.” Siri then (disturbingly) pulled up a list of several schools in the area (presumably it interpreted the boy’s statement as wanting to know what schools are in the area). The boy then took a screenshot of his conversation with Siri and posted it on social media where one of his friends saw the post and called the cops.
He was then arrested and was held at the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center on intimidation charges. However the authorities don’t seem to believe that there was any real intention behind the posting, and that it was more than likely meant as a joke. However one can never be too safe which is why such postings are all treated seriously, joke or not.
According to the police’s press release, “The threat is not believed to be credible at this time; however, these types of communications are taken very seriously by the Valparaiso Police Department and our community. We continue to work with the Valparaiso Community Schools to ensure the safety of the students and staff.”