A 12-year-old girl is facing charges for using emojis. U.S. courts will no longer ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ about it

The smiley face, heart, praying hands and other “emoji” have become the way millions playfully punctuate their texts, Internet posts and messages. But for one middle schooler, the icons brought the police to her door.

The 12-year-old from Fairfax, Virginia, has been charged with threatening her school after police said she posted a message on in December laden with gun, bomb and knife emoji. It read in part:


About Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post