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Wrong Twitter User Confronted After Newtown Tragedy

 

As news of the the horrific elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut broke today, Twitter users erroneously confronted a Twitter user with the same name as the suspected shooter. The AP now reports even the name of the suspect was misidentified.

AllTwitter has more:

“With news of the horrendous elementary school shooting in Connecticut that has left 27 dead (at least 18 of them children), Twitter has erupted in a gun control debate. People are sad and angry and looking for a scapegoat. And unfortunately for @Ryan_Lanza, they found one. Some folks on Twitter have targeted a person with the same name as the killer, @Ryan_Lanza. This individual’s tweets give a depressed/loner vibe and its like chum to some angry people. But it isn’t him, folks.”

Here are more resources for parents, caregivers and writers…

Library Books to Help Kids Talk about the Newtown Tragedy

Guidance for Writing About Tragedy

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