Facebook Argument Boils Over Into Real Life

26.7.2011
Words by Paul Fontaine
A man was arrested early this morning, charged with assault, in an incident that started as a comment war on Facebook.

Víkufréttir reports that a school teacher in his sixties posted a status on Facebook about last Friday's terrorist attack in Oslo, Norway. This attracted the attention of a former student of his, now in his forties, who is a self-described racist and neo-Nazi.

The former student posted a comment saying he approved of the attack, thereby sparking a comment flame war beneath the status. The teacher and former student argued back and forth for some time, with internet rage escalating to the point that the former student threatened the teacher and his family.

True to his word, the former student arrived at the home of the teacher at about four o' clock this morning, and knocked on the door. When the teacher answered, the former student assaulted him, doing minor damage to his face.

The assailant fled the scene, but was arrested shortly thereafter at his home. Police say they are still investigating the matter.
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