Criminology Lab – Two Junior High School Girls Arrested for Supporting SPASDOT after Posting Classmate’s Murder Online

Kisumi Torisawa appeared on this KBN Evening News Broadcast on October 16, 2003. This is a work of fiction and does not reflect real events.


Anchor: A sheriff in West Jara province has arrested two girls ages 13 and 15 respectively on felony charges of aggravated stalking that led to the murder of one of their classmates. They’re also facing terrorism charges after they posted the murder on a militant website connected to SPASDOT a month ago, which showed the murder of a 13-year-old girl in graphic detail, which prosecutors say was used in the newest propaganda video posted by SPASDOT. Homeland security correspondent Kisumi Torisawa has more on this.

Kisumi: Court papers say victim Okimi Sakurai was relentlessly tormented on social media by two classmates for a year. The arrest was made after 15-year-old Chiyu Kuse allegedly posted on LifeConnect about the bullying, which caught the attention of FBI undercover agents. According to their defense attorney:

She made a comment in reference to saying she bullied Sakurai. It read, “And yes, I killed her. I don’t give a (expletive) about fushinja.” An FBI agent saw that and was like “that’s over the top.”

Kuse and her 13-year-old accomplice Amari Kaga harassed Sakurai at school and then followed her on LifeConnect. Other comments that got the FBI’s attention included “you should drink bleach and die,” and “you should go kill yourself. If you don’t, I will.” In a propaganda tape created by the girls in support of SPASDOT, Kuse shoved Sakurai off a tower, before a ground impact ended in her death. Kaga allegedly recorded that video and proceeded to post it on a militant website operated by SPASDOT. We spoke to her mother last month.

I want both their families to pay our funeral expenses and our pain and suffering. They took her confidence away, and how her entire body has been turned to ashes.

The sheriff is now ruling out stalking charges, including social media restrictions and possible bans to online interactivity. The incident went as far back as November of last year, with fights, intimidation, and terrorizing. The defendants’ parents knew they were in support of SPASDOT. Both suspects are also facing charges for providing material support to a terrorist organization. If convicted, Kuse could spend the rest of her life in prison, while Kaga could face up to 20 years behind bars, as providing material support for terrorism is a federal offense.

Anchor: Kisumi, thank you.

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