If you feel the urge to use the death of someone’s father, as a point of reference, to mock or ridicule a person – you are a twat. Pure and simple. Weymouth wakes up this morning and currently lacks a 17 year old village idiot, who thought it would be a brilliant idea to send Tom Daley countless abuse and death threats.
Oh, and 10,000 Twitter users decided to Retweet the abuse and add oxygen to the fire. We’ll get on to that point in a moment.
From observing this kids Twitter feed I can safely conclude he is not the brightest person in the world. The fact he tried to take on the entire membership of Twitter, and proudly said several would end up in “his boot and dumped in the woods”, provides further evidence to my assumptions. I’m 100% certain this individual does not have the nerve to ever usher these comments in person; like most trolls, the Internet masquerades the cowardice.
Was yesterdays events equivalent to a crime? No, of course. Being a twat is not against the law and with British prisons at record breaking capacity, I doubt we have the room to incarcerate 90% of online users. This trolls comments are no different to what I read and seen everyday, throughout my period online – or any different to the threats and abuse I’ve received.
And to those defending the arrest and screaming outrage; if the comments were so odious and repugnant, why did you feel the urge to Retweet the remarks to your followers?