Don’t Do Dumb Stuff

Chicago girl arrested for fake terrorism threat

Janya Williams

Humans do dumb things. Period.

A Lollapalooza security guard was arrested for allegedly posting a fake mass shooting message. The reason why?  She wanted to get off work early.

This information quickly made its way to the Chicago Police Department as well as the FBI, according to ABC 7. They later discovered that the alert was fake.

Janya Williams, 18, is now facing a felony charge for “calling in a fake terrorism threat,” according to WGN9.

Now, some things shouldn’t even need to be said, but this wasn’t a logical or smart thing to do. Making a fake threat when there are hundreds of thousands of people who would be affected just makes no sense, especially for the reason that was given.

Luckily, everyone was okay and no one was harmed as a result of this incident. Despite this, the event caused police officers as well as the FBI to focus their time and efforts on a situation that wasn’t even real. Their efforts could’ve been placed toward incidents that actually required them to be present.

Though the suspect is young, I feel that it was appropriate for police to arrest her for her actions. Hopefully, this will be a lesson for others moving forward and will deter others from committing the same crime.


By Cierra Lemott, Junior, Columbia College Chicago

Instagram: @cece.kodak / @kodakscamera

Written by Cierra Lemott

I'm a professional procrastinator and my hobbies include sleeping, eating, and Netflix binging.


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