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4chan makes life hell for a teen who put a gun to his dog’s head
A high school student from Maryland has become 4chan’s latest target.
Kevin, a senior at Maryland’s Tuscarora High School, uploaded the pic Tuesday afternoon.
The photo collected more than 36 likes before Kevin deleted it and the rest of his Instagram photos. But it was too late. 4chan’s random imageboard /b/, one of the most controversial corners of the Internet, was already on his case.
“[T]his bitch needs a good raiding,” one anonymous user wrote in a thread that has now been deleted.
“[L]et’s make him think somebody found out where he lives and this girl is [gonna] say he sexually assaulted her, that’d scare the fuck out of him,” added another.
/B/ tracked down Kevin’s account on Ask.fm, an anonymous Q&A forum that faced criticism after on-site cyberbullying was connected to a string of suicides. 4chan users harassed Kevin with messages like “I hope you are your mom die” and “u kno ed is gunna fux u up right fuu? u fucxed up real bad foo. get rdy.”
/B/ also claimed to have sent the photo to Kevin’s school and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
“I just sent a tip to the FBI with a link to the pics saying that he may be a threat to society,” another anonymous user wrote.
The raid against Kevin comes about a month after /b/ hunted down a South Carolina teenager for kicking a kitten on Vine. The community made life a living hell for 17-year-old Walter Easley by dumping his personal information online, contacting his school and local newspaper, and prank-calling his home late at night. /B/’s tactics ultimately paid off. On Aug. 19, Easley was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals.
Photo via Instagram
Fernando Alfonso III served as an early Reddit and 4chan reporter and the Daily Dot’s first art director until 2016. He’s gone on to report at Lexington’s Herald-Leader and at the Houston Chronicle.