A 14-year-old boy named Rylan, who uses a remixed Trump mugshot for his TikTok profile pic and has 89 followers on the platform, made a major error in judgment over the weekend when he inexplicably sent a death threat to TikToker @local_lezbian.
Content creator Michele, who boasts 1.5 million followers on the app, dressed Rylan down by name and racked up 5.1 million views in the effort.
“No one should live in fear of being bullied just because of who they are,” Tammy Baldwin said.
“Well hello there, Rylan,” Michele begins in her reaction video.
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“I just wanted to share with everyone the lovely message that you decided to send me this morning,” Michele says, pointing at Rylan’s threat floating behind her. “And I’d like to talk to you about it.”
The alarming message reads: “Your family is going to be in a drive-by shooting on oct 28 2023 tread lightly scum of the earth. (in Minecraft)”
“You are not the brightest crayon, little fella,” Michele advises the teenager.
Not only did Rylan make his threat using his full real name, he also includes his school in his profile description.
“Now, don’t you worry, Rylan,” Michelle advises him, “because I contacted your school today to let them know the nice little threat that you sent me. The principal called me back and assured me they do not agree with the message that you sent me and that you also do attend that school.”
With that, Michele makes her own assurance: “I will be contacting your local authorities.”
Michele explains a threat to her is one thing; a threat to her family is quite another.
“That’s something that I don’t f**king play with, Rylan.”
“I kind of have some sympathy for you,” Michele admits, “because again, you’re only 14 years old. You’re not born feeling and viewing people in that way. You are taught that. So I hope when I contact your local authorities that not only you learn a lesson, but your parents, as well. Your parents don’t want to teach you right from wrong? Allow me to teach you a little something: that’s f**king unacceptable. You do not do shit like that.”
Apparently, someone gave the teen troll the idea that appending his message with the words “in Minecraft” would somehow grant him immunity from prosecution over his threat.
That’s not a thing.
“It’s still a threat nonetheless, an unforgivable one at that,” one commenter posted.
Another wrote, “‘your honour my client said (in Minecraft) and therefore cannot be held liable’ 💀”.
“And now here you are 14 years old,” Michele wrapped up, “and you’re about to learn what it means to f**k around and find out.”