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University of Louisville Student Claims Threat to “Shoot Up” School was “Joking”

Area students received the following notification today following a supposed twitter prank in which the user threatened to “shoot up UofL”:

UofL Police Department has received a tweet from an unknown subject saying he is on his way to “shoot up UofL.”  Report suspicious activity to 852-6111

Shoot Up ThreatSocial media networks exploded with activity as word of the threat spread by email, text message, and phone while concerned family members rushed to warn others or check on their friends and family.

The twitter handle, which apparently belongs to a University of Louisville class of 2018 student named Cameron, deleted the post after remaining up for several minutes.  Following the deletion of the tweet, someone calling themselves “Jillian” posted another series of messages claiming that they were just joking, saying that they “didn’t think it was that big of a deal” and apologized if they “offended anyone.”

Just A JokeULPD and LMPD reacted quickly, seeking out the person who sent the threat and warning those who may have been in danger.  The all clear message indicates that the police are interviewing a person of interest.  Under Kentucky law, Terroristic Threatening is a class A misdemeanor:

508.080 Terroristic threatening in the third degree.
(1) Except as provided in KRS 508.075 or 508.078, a person is guilty of terroristic threatening in the third degree when:
(a) He threatens to commit any crime likely to result in death or serious physical injury to another person or likely to result in substantial property damage to another person; or
(b) He intentionally makes false statements for the purpose of causing evacuation of a building, place of assembly, or facility of public transportation.
(2) Terroristic threatening in the third degree is a Class A misdemeanor.

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