Police have arrested a 19-year-old Kent State student following a tweet he posted threatening to “shoot up” the campus, NBC reports.
William Koberna, of Brunswick, OH, was reportedly arrested without incident at his home and charged with aggravated menacing and inducing panic. The latter charge is a felony.
The sophomore student will be arraigned in court on Monday. Additionally, he faces university hearings that may result in his suspension or dismissal, according to NBC.
Ashley Mikulec, Koberna’s friend was shocked that the student was arrested, tweeting, “Holysh*t I can’t believe bill got arrested for a tweet. If they saw half of his tweets and took them seriously he’d be in a mental asylum.”
“I would say this violates freedom of speech but at the same time he could have induce some panic,” she wrote.
Kent State University President Lester Lefton issued a statement on Koberna’s arrest.
“Any threat to our campus community is taken seriously and immediately investigated,” he said. “Our students, employees, and all those who come to campus should know that their safety is our top priority.”
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