The unbelievable power of social media to do good — and evil — was on display again yesterday in Ohio when a gay activist posted to his Facebook page and tweeted that he had been kidnapped and was locked in the trunk of his car.
As a result, hundreds of people called 911, and several agencies began an intense search for the young man.
At about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, local gay rights activist Adam Hoover, 20, started sending out messages on Facebook and Twitter pleading for help.
Hoover claimed he was stuffed in the trunk of his vehicle and a group was claiming they would kill him and his family.
Hoover told his followers, “They said they are going to kill my family. … I don’t want to die.”
An emotional sounding Hoover told a dispatcher what he said happened to him after he arrived at a Miami View Road home.
Police later said that Hoover’s claims were made up and the incident did not actually happen. He was charged with making false claims — a first-degree misdemeanor.
Investigators said Hoover’s vehicle was found abandoned in Miami Township on US 50. He was found unharmed nearby.
Deputies said Green Township police and Hamilton County sheriff’s investigators interviewed Hoover before determining his story was not true.
Hoover’s mother told WCPO that she was able to see her son after he was found. She said she was able to give him a hug and that he said he loves her.
Officers told WCPO’s Ally Kraemer that Hoover was going to be taken to an area hospital for a mental evaluation.
Green Township Lt. Jim Vetter said Hoover initially told them there was a man hiding the in back of his car when he got off work. Hoover told police that when he got into the car, the man was armed and told him to drive.
Vetter said Hoover claimed he was eventually able to escape and get to a farmhouse in Miami Township to ask for help.
When Hoover arrived at the home, the family there called 911. Hoover was eventually put on the phone with dispatchers where he shared his story.
Hoover also claimed to dispatchers that a second car was following his during the alleged abduction. He told the officers who responded to the scene that he “popped the trunk” and fought off three men.
The lieutenant said they have not been able to ascertain why Hoover would make up the story. He said it took about an hour of questioning before Hoover recanted his story.
When you play the victim for so long, eventually you not only believe it, but have to justify that belief. We’ve seen this numerous times on campus: fake racial incidents, fake homophobia, fake “oppression” by the white patriarchy.
And, of course, fake gang rapes.
This is more than just someone wanting attention they don’t deserve. It’s part of the victimhood culture — a way to prove one has the chops for leadership. To actually suffer for being gay, or black, or a woman is the ultimate mark of importance. It sets you apart from the mass of other victims, granting the victim special status.
Apparently, social media’s impact was so intense that the emergency services in the county were overburdened by hundreds of calls from concerned friends and followers of Hoover.
Vetter said emergency dispatchers were inundated with calls during the incident. He said such events are troubling because the sheer volume of calls could possibly prevent dispatchers from answering other emergencies.
“Obviously don’t make stuff up that didn’t happen, because you’re utilizing valuable resources that can be used on somebody who does truly need help,” Vetter said.
More than 1500 people shared the post on Facebook and the hashtag #FindAdamHoover swept the world.