Ark. 12-year-old arrested for Twitter posts

Authorities say a 12-year-old middle school student has been arrested for postings on Twitter that made derogatory comments about some Bentonville High School students, the AP reports.

Authorities say that postings from two Twitter accounts — one called Freezebook and one called Burnbook10 — included racist, homophobic and other comments about students. According to the Benton County Daily Record, one tweet encouraged a student to commit suicide; another taunted a student for allegedly having an eating disorder.

Police Chief Jon Simpson says the 12-year-old was arrested Thursday and taken to the Benton County Juvenile Detention Center. The boy, who wasn’t identified because he’s a minor, was arrested on suspicion of making harassing communications. Both accounts have since been deleted.

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