Elderly couple harassed after Spike Lee retweets wrong Sanford address for Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman
There's more trouble in the Twitterverse, and Spike Lee is smack dab in the middle of an uproar over the mass-retweeting of the purported address of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin (you may have heard of the case). Problem is, the address he retweeted from a follower, a Los Angeles man named Marcus Davonne Higgins, was actually the address of an aged Sanford couple who have absolutely nothing to do with the case.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that Seminole County school workers David McClain, who is 72, and Elaine McClain, a 70-year-old with a heart condition, have been getting death threats, hate mail, requests for interviews and are being picketed. This is because Higgins, who uses the Twitter handle @maccapone, sent out a tweet last Friday reading, "EVERYBODY REPOST THIS George W. Zimmerman 159 Edgewater Circle Sanford, Florida 32773" to tons of folks, including Will Smith, 50 Cent, LeBron James and Spike Lee. Lee did the responsible thing, of course, and retweeted it to 250,000 followers via @SpikeLee -- apparently the only celebrity to do so.
Problem is, that's the McClains' address, not that of George Zimmerman, who rents a townhouse a few miles down 417 on Retreat View Circle, which you could have read on TampaBay.com this last weekend. The Sentinel says the McClains do have a son named William George Zimmerman, who lived with them briefly after college in 1995 and used the address to register a car, get a drivers license and vote.
"This is really scary, and I'm concerned for my family," William Zimmerman told the paper, noting his parent were now living at a hotel. "It's scary because there are people who aren't mentally right and will take this information and run with it."
People like Higgins, who posted things on his Facebook page such as, "Like the fat punk he is, he still lives at home with mommie & daddy. ***FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT & TOUCH HIM*" Higgins also was seen at an L.A. rally holding a sign with the address, The Smoking Gun notes.
Higgins has since tried to do some damage control for the move, tweeting to Inside Edition, "hello there i very sorry for putting out the wrong address, i apology to the elder people i was mad and was not thinking" As for Spike Lee, the tweet with the address is still on his profile, listed as a response to his own tweet, "Why Is George Zimmerman Still FREE?WTF?" Now that we all have the McClains' address, perhaps we should all send them sympathy cards.
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