BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (WIAT) — A Chilton County man’s online threat to go on a killing spree sent shock waves through Facebook and landed him in jail.
He posted his alleged threats in an “invitation only” Facebook group called, “Bham Tea Shop”. Everything from sexually explicit photos to death threats have been posted on the page.
The creator of this group says that it is monitored by law enforcement. The page has more than 60,000 members, but you must be invited into the group in order to see the posts.
Jeremie Jonathan Montgomery posted to the group that he wanted to go on a killing spree. Law enforcement caught wind of the post and arrested Montgomery. Word dropped that the Bham Tea Shop not only spills the tea on gossip, but also on criminal activity.
“It’s freedom of speech. You can post what you want,” said Bham Tea Shop creator, Jeffrey Rowser.
“I do not know who is police, who is law enforcement. So when I hit approve, everyone is in, but what they don’t know is that even if I deny access to police, they are in there anyway,” said Rowser.
The post about a killing spree opened up the inner workings of a closed group and also the eyes of some members who think it will soon be shut down.
“People post some really dumb stuff in there of them doing things that are illegal and i’m like other people are watching this, law enforcement could be watching this,” said one Bham Tea Shop member.
The creator of the page says the page will not be shut down. The International Association of Chiefs of Police shows that 96 percent of surveyed agencies use social media, 88 percent is for criminal activity and the number one platform they use is Facebook.