“He posted a threat in the form of rap where he mentioned the White House, the Boston Marathon bombing, and said ‘everybody you will see what I am going to do, kill people,” Methuen Police Chief Joe Solomon told the Valley Patriot.
In addition to the threats made against the White House, D’Ambrosio also posted a “Wanted: Dead or Alive” poster of himself and made remarks such as “Fuck politics, Fuck Obama and Fuck the government!!”
D’Ambrosio was arrested after another student brought the Facebook post to the attention of school administrators, who immediately contacted police.
“I do want to make clear he did not make a specific threat against the school or any particular individuals but he did threaten to kill a bunch of people and specifically mentioned the Boston Marathon and the White House. The threat was disturbing enough for us to act and I think our officers did the right thing,” said Solomon.
According to Solomon, D’Ambrosio faces up to 20 years in prison for making terroristic threats under MGL. Ch. 269, Section 14. His bail has been set at $1 million dollars.
While no one can excuse the threats made by D’Ambrosio, the case underscores how authorities are increasingly focusing on social media in an attempt to track down violent rhetoric.
But while D’Ambrosio faces 20 years in jail for threatening Obama, not a single Obama supporter who threatened to assassinate Mitt Romney during the 2012 election campaign was charged with any kind of felony.