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'I'm Shooting Up The School Tomorrow': Student Arrested After Posting Threatening Social Media Post

A college student in Newton County, Georgia, has been arrested after allegedly threatening on social media that she was going to shoot up the school campus.

Police were notified in the early morning of Oct. 11 of a post made on the popular app, Yik Yak, by an anonymous poster, who was then identified as 21-year-old Emily Sakamoto, the Newton Citizen reported.

A student at Oxford College of Emory University notified police after “he came across what he believes is a threat to Oxford College,” the incident report states.

“I'm shooting up the school. Tomorrow. Stay in your rooms,” read the post, a screenshot of which was taken by a student before being deleted. “The ones on the quad are the ones who will go first.”

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Sakamoto confessed to posting the threat online and was arrested, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The sophomore was booked into Newton County Jail and is facing felony charges of making terroristic threats and acts.

“Emory University Police arrested an Oxford College student on Sunday, Oct. 11, and charged her with making terrorist threats against the university as a result of a social media message that she posted early Sunday morning," school officials said in a statement to the press. "Emory University is committed to providing a safe environment for all community members and will take swift and appropriate action to maintain the security of the campus community.”

Sources: Newton Citizen, Atlanta Journal-Constitution / Photo Credit: Newton County Sheriff's Office


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