Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Sunday February 28, 2016

12-Year-Old Faces Criminal Charges For Using Emoji

I wonder if a prosecutor will try to convince me that the poop emoji has violent undertones the next time I’m on jury duty.

The smiley face, heart, praying hands and other "emoji" have become the way millions of Internet users playfully punctuate their texts, posts and messages, but for one middle schooler the icons brought the police to her door. The 12-year-old from Fairfax, Va., has been charged with threatening her school after police said she posted a message on Instagram in December laden with gun, bomb and knife emojis.