Twitter Hoax Teen Kara Alongi Returns Home & Deserves the Benefit of the Doubt

Kara Alongi A lot has happened since Sunday, when 16-year-old Kara Alongi tweeted that someone was inside her house and that people should call 911. In short: Twitter went berserk fretting for her safety; a police search was conducted; and it was determined that it was all a hoax. Then after all of that, yesterday she was found walking along the New Jersey Turnpike and reunited with her family.

It's difficult to even imagine how emotionally charged that reunion with her parents was. There had to be such a mix of anger, outrage, and resentment, but I imagine that relief and joy that she was home safe trumped everything.

The rest of the world, however, doesn't  want to pause to celebrate her safe return; instead they just want to continue crucifying her for what she did.

People have come down hard, calling her everything from "the girl who Tweeted wolf," to spoiled, selfish, and narcissistic. Some have called for her to be jailed, and almost no one is looking at her with any inkling of sympathy. Instead, she's become the most hated girl on Twitter.

A sampling of Tweets tearing her down:

Its bitches like that ruin investigations for ACTUAL kidnap victims. I hope she's charged for faking her own kidnapping. Hoe. -- @SaksFilthAve

Well Kara Alongi is home safe. Now who's going to be the one to enroll her into a mental institution? She obviously needs help. And manners. -- @darcjade

What a shock, was a hoax. is the epitome of what’s wrong with the world today. Karma, have your way with her!!!! -- @TheScottyAdams

What she did was absolutely wrong, but we don't know enough about why she did it to judge her so harshly. It  may be that she made a rash decision that she never thought would snowball like this, and she got caught up in a nightmare that grew out of her control. Often Twitter seems like a big, black hole into which you Tweet and hear nary an echo if you're not a Kardashian. Perhaps she thought a friend or two would see it and laugh, then the next thing she knew she'd earned the wrath of the world.

Maybe she has some deep problems with her parents, or with a friend, or at school. Maybe she's dealing with more than we can ever imagine. Or maybe she is just some brat who did it for attention.

I don't know, but I do think she deserves the benefit of the doubt. It's up to her and her family to figure out how they can move on from here, and it's up to the rest of us to remember that she's just 16 after all. Plenty of us did rash and impulsive things at that age; we just didn't have the entire world judging us for them or the temptation of Twitter. #JudgeNot

What would you do if your child did something like this? Do you think she deserves some sympathy?


Image via Clark Police Department

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Pinkmani Pinkmani

I wonder if she's going to get charged...

nonmember avatar Tigerese

The little twit knew exactly what she was doing. She wanted attention. Well know she'll get all kinds of attention in county lock up, which is where she belongs for a few days.

LadyDIN LadyDIN

No, I don't feel she deserves any sympathy at all. Yea, she might need some help, but there are better ways to go about getting it.

Sweet... SweetPieMama24

Agree with the other comments. She should be punished. She faked her own kidnapping. She took a lot of police manpower away from other more important cases to go on a manhunt for her. She needs to be thrown in juvie to show her that it's NOT ok to do that

fave82 fave82

I don't see how calling her a hoe is justified.. But the rest of the tweets seem pretty accurate. Lmao

nonmember avatar allie

More is going on in that house than meets the eye. Why did the mom wait till Tuesday to make an appeal for her to come home? Why wasn't daddy on it, too? Weird family.

ImaSo... ImaSoulMom

I hadn't heard of this. I'm glad she is ok. Faking your own kidnapping seems very selfish and cruel. Perhaps an investigation into her home life? Maybe making her serve community service answering phone calls or putting up flyers for amber alerts and missing kids hotline?

nonmember avatar Justpassingthru

She's 16 years old. It's a harsh world out there these days. Such young teens are committing suicide over the smallest things because unfortunately that's become "the norm". This situation could be a lot worse and what it comes down to is the fact that she was missing, whether she faked it or not. No one knew where she was. She made a mistake, everyone does it. It's unfortunate that in today's world it turned into a huge ordeal as fast as it did. Maybe her tweet was a joke and when all these people got involved she freaked out. Maybe not. People just need to mind their own business and let her live now. She will be forever remembered and not for a good thing. She's home safe and sound and this story is now irrelevant. People need to get day jobs and stop gossiping.

Mom24... Mom24munchkins

She made a mistake but I see no reason for name calling. She needs help yes but she doesnt deserve to be called a hoe!

nonmember avatar Mfs12008

She knew exactly what she was doing, just because you're not a kardashian doesn't mean you don't have a butt load of followers who will see your tweet and think your in serious danger. She purposely made it sound like she was in danger and if she thought nobody would call 911 then she's an idiot.

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