Former Tampa Bay Times reporter Cristina Silva in hot water after tweeting ‘kill teenagers’ joke in response to Zimmerman verdict

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In the uproar surrounding George Zimmerman’s not-guilty verdict Saturday evening, somebody, somewhere was going to step in it by making a crude joke that goes horribly wrong.

As recounted by, Associated Press reporter Cristina Silva sent a message from her verified Twitter account @cristymsilva: “So we can all kill teenagers now? Just checking.”

That’s Cristina, always classy.

Silva’s byline has appeared on a number of AP stories dating back to 2010, mostly on the blog The Big Story. Paul Colford of AP Media Relations contacted Breitbart News with a brief statement, saying, “Ms. Silva was a temporary AP staffer who hasn’t worked for AP lately. Thanks.”

One suggestion would be for AP to add a note in the reporter’s bible — the AP Stylebook — defining the word “lately,” since Silva’s last post was on July 9, 2013.

Before deleting her verified Twitter account, Silva tried to backtrack — or at least apologize — for her attempt at “humor” immediately after her July 14 tweet:

@halscrawford I didn’t. It was a stupid joke about how some teens are annoying. I’m so sorry.”

“Don’t joke about annoying teenagers on twitter. Just don’t.”

Another tweet even blamed the joke on a dislike of Justin Bieber.

“Will not make any more Justin Bieber jokes. Ever. Sorry.”

On the reporter’s website Muck Rack, Silva continues to list her bio as “Reporter, Associated Press.”

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