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Dutch Teen Reportedly Arrested For Tweeting Threat at American Airlines

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A 14-year-old girl who tweeted a threat at American Airline’s Twitter account on Sunday was arrested Monday, but not at the request of the FBI or the airlines, a Dutch police spokesperson told Business Insider and BNO News.

It began when a girl named Sarah (her account @QueenDementriax_ has since been suspended) tweeted, “Hello my name’s Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan. I’m part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I’m gonna do something really big bye.”

American Airlines replied: “Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. YOur IP Address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI.”

Before her account was removed, she tweeted, “omfg I was kidd,” “I’m so sorry I’m scared no,” “I was joking and it was my friend not me, take her IP address,” and “I was kidding pls don’t I’m just a girl pls.” She also tweeted, “I’m just a fangirl pls I don’t have evil thoughts and plus I’m a white girl.”

The following confirmation of the arrest appears to have been tweeted by the Twitter account for the Dutch Police @Politie:

Rotterdamse (14) aangehouden voor doen valse melding richting American Airlines. Onderzoek loopt. #Politie #Rotterdam @americanair

— Politie Eenheid Rotterdam eo (@POL_Rotterdam) April 14, 2014

Dutch girl (14) from Rotterdam arrested after American Airlines threat. Investigation continues. #Rotterdam #Police #Force @americanair

— Politie Eenheid Rotterdam eo (@POL_Rotterdam) April 14, 2014

Wessel Stole, a spokesperson for the Dutch police, told Business Insider:

We’re not in a state that we can communicate any state of charges at this point, we just thought it was necessary to bring this out mostly because of the fact that it caused a great deal of interest on the Internet.

Guess Sarah learned the hard way that tweeting threats is never funny.

We’ve reached out to Dutch police for our own confirmation and will update when we hear back.

Update at 12:25 pm: This post was updated to add links to tweets from the Dutch police account @Politie and the English version of the tweet.

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