It all started with a 13-year-old prankster in Louisville trying to have a little fun by stirring up fear announcing a possible Purge. Now, following in his teenage footsteps are other crazies out there in social media claiming more Purge events over the weekend.
According to Viral Global News, the Iroquois High School student used Twitter to send out his message, stating:
“Who’s trying get a Louisville Purge Started With Me?”
His tweet was followed by a flier he created announcing a city-wide Purge on Friday, August 15 at 8:00 pm and run through 6:30 am on Saturday, August 16.
In case you’ve been under a rock, and are wondering, “What is a Purge?” The Purge is a horror movie in which there is a 12-hour window where people can murder anyone they choose without any consequences from the law.
It is allowed, and even encouraged, for the betterment of the community. It is a way to “weed out” those who are less desirable. No ambulances or police can be called for help during that time. It’s basically a free-for-all 12-hour murder spree.
So, when this kid decided to make it real, prank or not, he opened a real can of worms. Now imposters are popping up all over social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, starting rumors of a Purge all over the country. According to Liberty Voice, there are now threats circling around Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, and Tennessee.
Flyers threaten a possible Purge for tonight, August 22, in Arizona and Georgia from 8 pm to 6 am. While police do not believe these flyers to be a true threat, they are making it very clear that if anyone is “caught using the ‘Purge’ posters to make terrorizations to any communities or to attempt to bring any type of harm to the general public, he or she may end up being charged with constructing terroristic threats,” as reported by Liberty Voice.
Texas is slated for the next “Purge” date of August 29, based on an Instagram account called texaspurge2014. The account, which was created on August 16, as reported by Viral Global News, “urges people to prepare themselves for the purge.” The account has gathered quite a bit of attention on other social networking sites, gaining over 500,000 Facebook likes, 8,000 tweets, and 20,000 Google+ posts. In addition, Twitter also has trending hashtags of #TexasPurge and #PurgeNight.
The teenager who started this whole fiasco claims he meant it as a joke, and had no idea things would go this far. However, unlike pranks of the past, when you involve social media, it becomes a complete different animal and can even take on a life of its own. The 13-year-old got off easy this time and wasn’t charged with any criminal offense, according to Viral Global News.
Hopefully, this nonsense will stop before anyone really does get hurt.
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