Julian Hernandez, the guy who discovered he was kidnapped while applying to college, has said a little more about the experience. Unfortunately, the reason why he's said more is because someone linked his anonymous requests for legal advice on Reddit to the story about his kidnapping. Since then, Julian has unsurprisingly deleted his original post and his previous Reddit account, but he did make a throwaway account to say this in reply to a comment that linked him with the news story:
Yes this is me.
So I've delete that post and the comments that followed it. It doesn't matter though since its already been seen.
I was really emotional at the time. A lot of the things I said in those posts were simply fueled by confusion, anger, rumors, lies, etc. Please take everything I said there with a grain of salt.
I don't want to do any public speaking at the moment, yet news agencies showed up at my school today and I had to be driven home by cops, where we found more news people waiting.
I also want to say that some of the things news agencies have been saying are incorrect. I'll set the record straight when I sort out the rest of my life.
I'm commenting this here because I don't know where else to say it.
It's a good reminder that every person who's the subject of a crazy news story is also a real person. Who probably uses the Internet. And can be hurt by other people's actions. And sometimes just wants to ask a dang legal question during a difficult time without getting his spot blown up.
Thankfully, the people who have replied to his comment have mostly done so with empathy for Julian's difficult situation.