Teen Arrested After Sending Abusive Tweets to UK Diver

A teenager in the United Kingdom was this week arrested after he sent abusive messages to an Olympic athlete via Twitter. Great Britain's Tom Daley yesterday tweeted about a malicious message sent to him on Twitter after he and his diving partner came fourth in the 10m platform diving event. The 18-year-old athlete expressed frustration that he was receiving negative messages after having given the competition his all.

"After giving it my all...you get idiot's sending me this...RT : you let your dad down i hope you know that," the diver posted to his Twitter page. Daley's father died last year after a battle with brain cancer. The user behind the tweet, @Rileyy_69 sent several more messages to Tom Daley, telling the young diver that he had let his entire country down and that he hadn't done his best. Rileyy_69 later apologised profusely to Daley, however, having received no response from the Olympian, he reverted to more hateful messages including one that said he hoped Daley would go on to lose the individual event as well.

The BBC today reports that a 17-year-old boy was arrested at a guest house in the Weymouth area on suspicion of malicious communications. Dorset Police say they acted after receiving a report from a member of the public 22:30 BST on Monday but it's not yet clear if the teenager was arrested for the comments made about Tom Daley or any of the subsequent messages sent out to other Twitter users. These included threats of violence against other users and Tom Daley.

According to the Huffington Post, police held the 17-year-old for several hours before releasing him. The teenager was issued a harassment warning and told that detectives would be investigating his other messages and that he may be summoned for further questioning. The @Rileyy_69 Twitter account now appears to have been hacked.

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  • L0tus
    I'm torn on this one. On the one hand we can't police each and every moronic comment that spouts forth from every idiot on the internet.

    On the other hand, if we are to truly call ourselves a civilized species, then some level of decency must be maintained & enforced.

    But perhaps its a matter of capacity. We simply cannot police a public space as large as social media. Idiots and keyboards are both in abundant supply. Indeed I'd wager that the former is now a rather stout majority. In this case, this kid has ADHD, a broken family and over 10 other siblings. Clearly the parents failed at their jobs. Idiots aren't born, they're raised (most of the time). At some point in their dysfunctional upbringing, the act of being a d***head became tolerated.
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  • sseyler
    Trolling and sh*t-talking are usually things to be ignored on the internet. However, when it comes to threats, I suppose I agree with a degree of lawful interjection at some point, especially given the fact that many feel they can say (and get away with) almost anything on the interwebz.
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  • sseyler
    Trolling and sh*t-talking are usually things to be ignored on the internet. However, when it comes to threats, I suppose I agree with a degree of lawful interjection at some point, especially given the fact that many feel they can say (and get away with) almost anything on the interwebz.
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  • L0tus
    I'm torn on this one. On the one hand we can't police each and every moronic comment that spouts forth from every idiot on the internet.

    On the other hand, if we are to truly call ourselves a civilized species, then some level of decency must be maintained & enforced.

    But perhaps its a matter of capacity. We simply cannot police a public space as large as social media. Idiots and keyboards are both in abundant supply. Indeed I'd wager that the former is now a rather stout majority. In this case, this kid has ADHD, a broken family and over 10 other siblings. Clearly the parents failed at their jobs. Idiots aren't born, they're raised (most of the time). At some point in their dysfunctional upbringing, the act of being a d***head became tolerated.
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  • monktongaz
    I think it's clear that the troll didn't get arrested for his original comment. He later went on to threaten to drown Tom Daley, and it's this one that got him arrested.

    As a side note, though, prior to his second comment aimed at Tom Daley, he was subjected to several hours of abuse from fans of Tom worldwide. It seems that in modern world, bullying is perfectly acceptable as long as you feel righteous about it and have numbers on your side, and that is as disgusting as the original troll's original comment.
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