by Darryl Warren
Social media can be used for various reasons (sports, news, school, music, etc.). But when it’s used to cause public panic, that’s when it becomes a problem.
In the summer of 2014, threats of a purge started circulating on Facebook. This of course sparked fear into many Americans. The first city to receive the threat was Louisville; according to many online sources, police have been monitoring each threat. Most of these threats are based on the movie The Purge, which is focused around anarchy within a city where all crimes (including murder) are legal for 12 hours.
When asked about how she was affected by the purge, Tracey Franklin, principal of Walkersville High said “it really reflects on how we act as a society. The judicial system needs to be better.” Assistant principal Danny Rumpf went on to say “if people begin to think it’s serious, it could become something biannual.”
As of September 2014, there have been no reports of any recent crimes. This goes to show that there are many people in the world that will use fictional entertainment and use it for all the wrong reasons.