UK police aide, 17, resigns over tweets

Paris Brown reacted during media interviews outside the Police Station in Maidstone, England on Sunday.

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Paris Brown reacted during media interviews outside the Police Station in Maidstone, England on Sunday.

LONDON — She was hired to teach local police about British youth, but it was 17-year-old Paris Brown who said she learned a lesson after her scandalous tweets about drugs, drinking, and sex hit the tabloids.

The Twitter postings sparked a furor, questions over why a teen would be named a crime official, and calls for Brown’s resignation. The latter she gave Tuesday, along with an apology, a week after her appointment to the $22,800-a-year role as Britain’s first youth crime commissioner.


Brown’s brief stint in the job ended after British media on Saturday flagged tweets — mostly posted before she was named to the position — that saw the teen using gay slurs and racist terms.

‘‘Been drinking since half 1 (sic) and riding baby walkers down the hall at work oh my god i have the best job ever haha,’’ read one tweet. Another referenced a desire to make ‘‘hash brownies,’’ while separate messages saw Brown describing herself as racist when intoxicated.

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After resisting calls to quit, Brown said Tuesday that she was giving up the gig, which was designed as a way to build bridges between young people and police in Kent County. The teen said the recent media attention would hamper her ability to perform the job.

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