Facebook terror post: Teen rapper released from jail following Boston bombings threat
A Massachusetts teen whose Facebook terror post following the Boston Marathon bombings landed him in jail has since been released. According to a court official, a grand jury would not indict the high school student after he posted rap lyrics he wrote suggesting he could do worse than the people behind the Boston bombings.
Cameron D'Ambrosio was arrested on May 1 after being accused of "communicating a terrorist threat," Reuters reports. Students at his high school in Methuen had alerted police to a posting on D'Ambrosio's Facebook that included the lyrics, "A boston bombinb wait till u see the sh** I do." The 18-year-old is an aspiring rapper.
"We took this very seriously," Methuen Police Chief Joe Solomon tells the Valley Patriot. "He posted a threat in the form of rap where he mentioned the White House, the Boston Marathon bombing, and said 'everybody you will see what I am going to do, kill people."
What followed was a viral campaign from rights activists to have D'Ambrosio freed. The grand jury on the case ultimately chose not send him to prison. If he had been convicted of terrorism, D'Ambrosio would have been looking at up to 20 years in prison.
The Boston Marathon bombings took place on April 15. They resulted in the deaths of three people, with an additional 264 injured.