Wacky News

By Nabi Dressler
Executive News Editor
The story: Mahogany Mason-Kelly, a student at Lamar University in Texas, got herself caught by the police on April 25 after she made fun of them by tweeting, “I still gotta warrant in pearland..those pigs will NEVER catch me!!!…NEVER!!!”
Mason-Kelly had outstanding traffic warrants and got herself busted with the tweet, as Pearland police officers monitor tweets containing the name of their city. She finally got arrested last Friday. To read the full story, click here!
My take: At one point or another, we all, at the back of our heads, have thought about how someone with authority may or may not be monitoring our activity on the internet. With online privacy often in the midst of debate, incidents like this confirm that something as simple as a 140-character-or-less tweet can really land you in some hot water. That can make even the most prudent internet users a little paranoid. The moral of the story is that there’s some logic to when your parents constantly warn you that what you post online is accessible to more people than you think.