What's the most you've ever done to a friend that accidentally spoiled something for you? Whatever it is, it's most assuredly not as insane as what Star Wars fan Arthur Charles Roy did. That is, unless you threatened to shoot someone over spoilers to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
THR reported Roy, an 18 year old Montana resident, threatened a Facebook friend with a photo of a handgun and the promise of shooting them during their school day. The story gets even crazier, as Roy's threat triggered a lockdown of the victim's high school, which eventually prompted the revelation that the "gun" used in the threat was actually a BB gun. Arthur Charles Roy is currently being detained, with bail set at $10,000.
There are undoubtedly those out there who would seek to ruining the experience of any fan who hasn't been able to partake in Star Wars: The Force Awakens just yet. Even with the strictest policing the internet has to offer, the speed at which information travels is no match for those trying to keep themselves pure for their first viewing. That said, it isn't stated whether the unnamed Facebook friend to Arthur Charles Roy had spoiled the film by accident, or deliberately tried to impart knowledge that Roy did not want to be privy to. The difference between the two could be the most important factor in any impending legal proceedings.
While either scenario does not justify the threat of lethal force, Roy would obviously benefit from the latter scenario, as an accidental incident doesn't infer malicious intent on the part of the Spoiler. Should Roy's friend be found as intentionally instigating him into a state of anger, it would speak towards the intent of Roy's threat, and could even lead to some sort of "insanity defense" style strategy. Even if the facts break in the would-be assailant's defense, it's still a pretty serious crime to threaten anyone over social media with a firearm, especially if it's over something as small as spoilers to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Perhaps now is the best time to remind you, our dear readers, to be careful when speaking about Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the public. While most of you have obviously had the chance to visit that galaxy far, far away, there are still others who are waiting for their shuttle to come in. And if you're one of those fans who have accidentally had the seventh installment of the Star Wars saga spoiled, simply turn the other cheek and forgive those who have done you wrong. However, don't forget their behavior once Star Wars: Episode VIII is in theaters, as that will provide you with the sweet, sweet payback you'll be seeking.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in theaters now, and if you haven't already seen it, you'll probably want to get on that as soon as possible during holiday break.