The gunman who murdered nine people at a Munich mall Friday may have attempted to lure young people to the scene of the crime with a fake Facebook post offering free food, authorities said Saturday. Many of the victims were young people, and the 18-year-old high school student wounded 27 others during his rampage before turning the gun on himself. The gunman, who had Iranian and German citizenship, may have tried to attract people to the mall's McDonald's restaurant prior to the shooting using a hacked Facebook account that offered free food, Robert Heimberger, president of the Bavarian state criminal agency, told a news conference. "[He] said he would treat them to what they wanted as long as it wasn't too expensive -- that was the invitation," Heimberger said, according to Reuters. This line of inquiry still needs to be verified, he added.
The mother of a teenager who took his life because of online bullying has urged others not to ignore the issue. Lucy Alexander from Worcester wrote an open letter appealing for "children to be kind ALWAYS and never stand by and leave bullying unreported". She said her son Felix, 17, was subjected to "cruel and overwhelming" taunts on social media since he was 10, which eventually became unbearable. The sixth form student died after being hit by a train on April 27. In a letter published in the Worcester News, Ms Alexander said: "His confidence and self-esteem had been eroded over a long period of time by the bullying behaviour he experienced in secondary education.
An Egyptian court has sentenced a 17-year-old high school student to eight years in prison for allegedly joining the Muslim Brotherhood and using Facebook to spread "hatred of the regime." Egyptian authorities took Raaga Imara and her father in for "questioning" on Jan. 5, but only released her father. Imara allegedly runs Students Against the Coup, a Facebook page with more than 227,000 likes that contains writings and imagery against the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Former General Sisi came to power in 2013 as the military overthrew the elected government of former President Mohammed Morsi. The new government has since arrested hundreds of people they claim belong to the Muslim Brotherhood, a now-banned religious organization of which Morsi is associated.
OurMine, a group responsible for hacking the social media accounts of tech executives like Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter's Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales targeted and gained access to the major media site on Wednesday morning. The extent of OurMine's hack of BuzzFeed's systems was not immediately clear, but the group was able to alter several headlines and leads on the site, originally targeting a post by reporter Joseph Bernstein. SEE ALSO: Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales' Twitter account hacked According to Gizmodo, Bernstein wrote an article with the headline, "This Saudi Teen Is Probably Behind the Hacks of Dozens of Tech CEOs," claiming that a "soccer-obsessed high-school student" was responsible for OurMine. Ourmine hacked the story and included the message, "Hacked by OurMine team, don't share fake news about us again, we have your database. Next time it will be public.
Eric Sondheimer has been covering high school sports for the Los Angeles Times since 1997 and in Southern California since 1976. Get his latest from the field and follow all our prep sports coverage and analysis here. Facebook is joining the growing lists of media companies getting into the business of live-streaming high school sports. Facebook and ASBN, a Denver-based sports media group, announced a partnership to live-stream 17 high school football games to fans on Facebook's Watch platform. The first game will be Friday night's matchup of Concord De La Salle and Oakland Bishop O'Dowd.