A teen in Louisville is being investigated after starting rumors of a "Purge" that was slated to take place Friday night. A flier for the purge, circulated on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook gained traction quickly. The nuanced and culturally-sensitive website Thought Catalog published a fictional account of what "happened" during the event, as well.
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If you're unfamiliar with the plot of The Purge, it presents the case of an America in which crime is legal for 12 hours every year in an attempt to rid the population of illegal behavior. Concerned citizens of Louisville and the surrounding areas took to Facebook to voice their worries, and police who surely had better things to attend to spent Friday night fielding a variety of anonymous tips that turned out to be fake, according to WKYT.
Despite the fact that nothing happened on the night of the purported purge, local authorities are taking no chances and are increasing security at the state fair over the weekend to offset any potential mischief.
The teen, whose name has not been released, shared some of the thoughts behind this genuinely stupid idea with a local high school newspaper:
"I was sitting in my house and watching 'The Purge,' and I thought of the tweet and picture that started it. But didn't think it'd get that big from there. I didn't mean any harm by this at all. I love my city."
According to WAVE, the police have not pressed charges.
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