The trend of social media and filming themselves to go viral is growing at a staggering rate. And it’s not healthy in many cases. Especially for teens who are exploring the world and might not be mature enough to separate what’s right and what’s not.
This teenager, Garret Haile posted a video of himself throwing a helpless kitty into a lake. A few days later, the footage went viral. This 18-year-old California student was attending Patterson High School. He thought it was just a minor and goofy act. But Hale had to pay a heavy price as soon as the video went in the hands of police.
The video which he recorded with Snapchat put him behind bars in a felony charge with animal cruelty. It’s still unknown if the poor kitten survived the incident.
The video caused outrage to many families in the world, including Nicole Pinheiro, who shared the video. She says:
“My heart, it just left my body. And I showed my mom, and she burst into tears. She was like, ‘I can’t believe that this is the world right now.'”
The original video wasn’t available to share public so, Nicole did the right thing by screen recording it and sharing it to the world.
“The video I posted I screen recorded (it’s a feature that the iPhone has) because people were wondering how to share it. So I recorded and shared it with the news stations because I felt it something that needed to be seen, so he can pay for actions. Which that is exactly what happened. He got caught.”
“Everyone on the watch page was tagging the local police department and even calling them. So he would have been caught regardless. But sometimes things like this get looked over (not by purpose) but they do. So I shared it with the local news stations and they all wrote me back. Saying ‘thanks for the tip, we are looking into this.'”
Since there were two people in the video, one in the act and the other who filming it, Patterson PD is on the look for the second guy behind the camera. As for Haile, the police went to Haile’s residence, interview him and arrested after confirming the act.
Patterson Police Services Chief Jeff Dirkse said:
“This is an excellent example of the public’s cooperation and we certainly appreciate it. With calls we received and the information shared with us via social media, we were able to quickly investigate, identify, and make an arrest in this case.”
In the video, you can see Haily holding the kitty’s scruff on this neck. He points the cate with his gloved hands to the camera before tossing him in the lake.
The camera guy is found cheerfully announcing:
“Welcome to badass, and this is Felipe, the flying cat.”
This is undoubtedly a stupid act for attention, and it got him nowhere other but behind bars.