Teen cited for harassing British diver on Twitter
A U.K. teenager was arrested and cited for harassment Tuesday
for posting malicious Twitter messages directed at British Olympic
diver Tom Daley, police said.
The first tweet told Daley he had let down his dad with his
fourth-place finish in Monday’s synchronized diving performance. A
later tweet threatened Daley with drowning.
Daley’s father died of brain cancer last year and the
18-year-old Olympian had said he wanted to win a medal in tribute
to his father’s memory.
In his own Twitter feed, Daley said had given his all to win a
medal, and then ”you get idiot’s sending me this.”
Police in Dorset, southwest England, arrested the 17-year-old
tweeter and held him for several hours before issuing him with a
harassment warning and releasing him. Dorset Police said the teen
was told that detectives would investigate his recent other tweets
and he could be summoned back for further questioning.
One tweet from the teen’s account read: ”You let your dad down
i hope you know that.”
Another tweet, from the same Twitter handle, turned
”I’m sorry mate i just wanted you to win cause its the olympics
I’m just annoyed we didn’t win I’m sorry tom accept my
Later, the tweets become more aggressive, such as one that said:
”I’m going to find you and I’m going to drown you in the
Subsequent tweets, laced with profanity, took aim at the media
and other Twitter users who criticized his posts.
Police arrested the teenager at a bed and breakfast in the
coastal town of Weymouth.
In Britain, tweeting messages that are considered menacing,
offensive or indecent can be a criminal offense.