Earlier this week, Pennsylvania police arrested a 21-year-old man for allegedly posting threats online regarding the Beaver campus of Pennsylvania State University. Now, the man faces several criminal charges, including two felony counts of making terroristic threat and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.
The man, a former Penn State Beaver student, allegedly began making threatening statements on his Twitter account on Friday. According to police reports, one message under the handle registered to the man read "Some body might get shot tonight just for fun." Other messages reportedly referenced the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech, when a student shot 32 students and teachers before taking his own life.
When campus authorities saw those messages, they immediately cancelled classes and closed the Penn State Beaver campus entirely. The campus reopened on Sunday, with classes scheduled to resume on Monday morning at 8 a.m., despite the fact that the alleged perpetrator had still not been apprehended by police
On Sunday, a friend ran into the suspect and brought him to his mother's house. She convinced him to turn himself in and scheduled a meeting with the police. In an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, she said that he never actually intended to hurt anyone at Penn State Beaver. "It was venting," she said, adding that her son needed a mental health evaluation. "It had nothing to do with hurting anyone or the school."
The man is currently being held in Allegheny County Jail on terroristic threat and disorderly conduct. In addition, he is also facing charges of receiving stolen property and fleeing police, dating back to an alleged police chase that took place in July.
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "Suspect in Penn State Beaver threats surrenders to police," Jeremy Boren, Oct. 24, 2011
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