FBI traces Twitter man who threatened to kill Dutch pupils

Posted Mar 13, 2009 by Adriana Stuijt
Police in Breda in the Netherlands arrested an 18-year-old man of Rijsbergen who used Twitter to threaten local schools with murder-attacks similar to the deadly murder spree in Germany two days earlier. He wanted to beat the '32-murder score by Chu".
'Chu' refers to the 23-jarige Korean Cho Seung-Hui, who shot dead 32 students in 2007 on the campus of Virginia Tech. see
Two youths were also arrested in Germany and France after similar 'internet jokes' this week. see
The Breda police asked the FBI in the United States to help them trace the internet address of the man because he was using a Twitter address and referred to himself as 'anonymous'. They had no difficulty in tracing his exact whereabouts from the US-based internet address to a computer in The Netherlands, said Mayor Van den Berg of Breda. He wouldn't say whether the man had any weapons, saying the Justice department was still investigating all his circumstances.
Plans were already being drawn up to close down all the schools and creches in Breda last night at the city hall, after the man had sent two Twitter-messages, one to the Dutch news programme EĆ©nVandaag (OneToday), said police. Schools across Europe have already tightened their security measures since the deadly shooting by Tim Kretschmer at his school in Winnenden near Stuttgart, and extra personnel were already posted around educational faciltities.see
The arrested 18-year-old Breda man allegedly wrote (see picture at top of this story): "When I'm going to school tomorrow I'm going to shoot some people dead. Look in the new (sic) for a school shooting in the city Breda in The Netherlands. And remember me, because I will beat Chu's Highscore."
'Chu' refers to the 23-jarige Korean Cho Seung-Hui, who shot dead 32 students in 2007 on the campus of Virginia Tech. see
Breda police and the city mayor all took the threat extremely seriously and sent all the city's children home for the day while police numbers were also boosted with special patrols. The 18-year-old arrested man, a former pupil at a local high school, now claims that it all was just a huge, gigantic joke, police said - and he has signed a confession. Police and authorities however aren't amused: they plan to throw the book at him, they said today.
A German school also closed its doors today after similar threats were received there.see