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Siri gives teen a list of schools after saying he’d shoot one up
Apple’s virtual assistant Siri reportedly began listing off local schools to a teenage boy who told it he was planning to commit a school shooting.
The 13-year-old male, who posted a screenshot of his inquiry to Siri on social media, was charged with intimidation Thursday by police in Indiana.
Investigators say they were tipped off to the boy’s post by followers of his social media account. Officers also stressed that the remarks made “no direct threat to a specific person, school, or school system.”
In a statement on Facebook, the Valparaiso Police Department said that the unnamed boy is believed to made the statement in jest and is currently being detained at a juvenile detention center.
“It has since been discovered the male has no access to weapons and posted the picture on social media as a joke,” the department said. “The threat is not believed to be credible at this time; however, these types of communications are taken very seriously by the Valparaiso Police Department and our community.”
While Apple’s virtual assistant almost assuredly misunderstood the boy’s statement, Apple has not responded to requests for comment from BuzzFeed News at the time of publication.
The police have stated that they are continuing “to work with the Valparaiso Community Schools to ensure the safety of the students and staff.”
H/T BuzzFeed News
Mikael Thalen is a freelance journalist based in Seattle, covering all things technology, including social media, data breaches, hackers, and more.