Twitterer who threatened to assassinate Mitt Romney is 15-year-old boy

http://twitter.com/#!/JacobWilcoxen1/status/255304546346205185

As Twitchy reported on Sunday, a Twitter user who goes by the handle @kyle__kyle threatened to assassinate Mitt Romney. The user later removed his tweets, claiming that the threats were only a joke.

It turns out that the person who made the threats is, in fact, a 15-year-old boy named Kyle Stusse. After Twitchy broke the story, Stusse faced a backlash over his vile tweets and was apparently contacted by the Secret Service. A death threat is a death threat, and regardless of Stusse’s age, it deserves to be taken seriously. One of Stusse’s friends disagreed:

https://twitter.com/JacobWilcoxen1/status/255305076845993984

https://twitter.com/JacobWilcoxen1/status/255349455639961600

And he mounted a #FreeKyle hashtag campaign to defend Stusse:

https://twitter.com/JacobWilcoxen1/status/255308626988761088

https://twitter.com/JacobWilcoxen1/status/255308701836132352

https://twitter.com/JacobWilcoxen1/status/255309134386323457

The hashtag quickly gathered steam, and others followed suit:

Free Kyle

— Dan (@DANthemanSELF) October 8, 2012

#freekyle

— My Name Is (@ConnorJohanning) October 8, 2012

#freekyle

— Perry (@Pear__E) October 8, 2012

https://twitter.com/noMOEHRals/status/255454894507577344

Lovely.

https://twitter.com/TheDouch/status/255454743529406464

https://twitter.com/JacobWilcoxen1/status/255455463989211136

https://twitter.com/TheDouch/status/255455493919760384

F R E E. K Y L E

— Perry (@Pear__E) October 8, 2012

https://twitter.com/AlyssaGoober/status/255456773392171008

#FreeKyle

— ✌️E. Vargas✌ (@ImVARGASmic) October 8, 2012

https://twitter.com/TheDouch/status/255456402196283392

https://twitter.com/AustanDaniels/status/255457602497044480

#FreeKyle #FreeKyle #FreeKyle #FreeKyle #FreeKyle #FreeKyle #FreeKyle #FreeKyle #FreeKyle #FreeKyle #FreeKyle #FreeKyle #FreeKyle #FreeKyle

— My Name Is (@ConnorJohanning) October 9, 2012

Free my man kyle!!#freekyle

— Ty Lay (@squeakscolari_) October 9, 2012

#FreeKyle #FreeKyle #FreeKyle #FreeKyle #FreeKyle #FreeKyle #FreeKyle #FreeKyle #FreeKyle #FreeKyle #FreeKyle #FreeKyle #FreeKyle #FreeKyle

— Chief™ (@Waydeaminute) October 9, 2012

#FreeKyle love you best friend ):

— Kati Perrotto (@KIT_KATi) October 9, 2012

https://twitter.com/JacobWilcoxen1/status/255469978302693376

https://twitter.com/noMOEHRals/status/255457507466674176

Stusse, for his part, insists that he has learned his lesson — the hard way:

i was only joking about my romney comments, i know now that they are serious and should not be put on twitter even as a joke…

— kyle stusse (@kyle__kyle) October 8, 2012

i dont take national security as a joke now. dont kill me please.

— kyle stusse (@kyle__kyle) October 8, 2012

never in my life will i ever take the tinyest fraction of a step toward any of the U.S goverment officials with viloent intentions. NEVER

— kyle stusse (@kyle__kyle) October 8, 2012

never had any tru baad feelings toward romney. just want Obama to win, thats all.

— kyle stusse (@kyle__kyle) October 8, 2012

I am 15 and pose no real threat to anybody.

— kyle stusse (@kyle__kyle) October 8, 2012

@wildpitchisab I am no real threat, I made a joke. I now realize that the joke is serious and should bot br put on twitter.

— kyle stusse (@kyle__kyle) October 8, 2012

@wildpitchisab I already said it was a joke and I do not have any real threats to anyone. This has no concern for you please stay out of it.

— kyle stusse (@kyle__kyle) October 8, 2012

@AltConservative I didn't even think it would be a big deal. I now know this is serious and should not be joked about.

— kyle stusse (@kyle__kyle) October 8, 2012

@AltConservative I never had any real intentions of even attempting to harm anyone. My tweets were bit serious.

— kyle stusse (@kyle__kyle) October 8, 2012

@kyle__kyle @AltConservative not* not serious

— kyle stusse (@kyle__kyle) October 8, 2012

The road to maturity is clearly a very long one for Stusse. And while his contrition is likely genuine (it’s amazing what a reality check can do), he needs to understand that actions have consequences — at any age.

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Related:

#FUCKROMNEY: Hate and death threats greet Romney’s RNC speech

Conservatives chronicle Romney death threats, face false reports

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