A South Pasadena boy who created the "No Cussing Club" is getting worldwide attention, and death threats.
McKay Hatch, 15, started his anti-profanity campaign about two years ago when he and a few friends got fed up with the foul language they seemed to hear everywhere.
The club now boosts more than 20,000 members.
But not everyone supports his cause.
The pro-cussing crowd has sent false pizza deliveries to his house along with pornographic magazine subscriptions. Hatch says his phone rings all the time and his email inbox is overflowing with profane hate messages.
He and his family drew the line when the death threats started coming in over the Internet. They promptly contacted police, who confirm an investigation is underway.
The teen's father says one death threat in particular crossed the line.
"I was at the hospital with my wife, we were visiting family, and some guy had called on my cell phone said, 'I know you you're gone, you're not there, and I'm in front of your house and I'm going to kill your family," McKay's father Brent Hatch said.
Hatch says police arrived within 30 seconds since they were already on alert because of the situation.
Detectives are examining the threatening emails, said South Pasadena police Capt. Richard Kowaltschuk, adding, "If someone threatens your life that is a violation of the law, whether it's done verbally or over the Internet."
How horrible! I can't imagine people delivering death threats to McKay and his family over a club like this.
McKAY HATCH: Since January 4, we've received now over 60,000 e-mails of people, you know, saying, 'If you don't stop this, I know where you live, I'm gonna come kill you.' At first, you know, it was really scary, but then I kind of realized these are bullies and I don't want to let these bullies win. Since we got the FBI involved and my attorney, Kelly Crabb, involved, you know, it's not as scary. I'm not gonna let these bullies win.
This is really sick. Sixty thousand threatening e-mails! That's harassment on a massive scale.
I don't know how the family manages to deal with it.
McKay is a tough kid. He's to be admired for standing up for what's right.
And the thugs sending these threats are a bunch of... evildoers.
(In McKay's honor, I self-censored the preceding sentence.)
Check out The No Cussing Club website.
Join the club.
Rahm Emanuel should become a member.