19-year-old Ohio student William Koberna has been arrested after posting a Twitter message saying he planned to ‘shoot up’ the Kent State University campus, just like the Aurora movie theater.
Ten days after 24-year-old suspected gunman James Holmes shot and killed 13 people in an Aurora, Colorado cinema theater and wounded 58 others during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises, Koberna decided to pull his stunt on Twitter.
Koberna was arrested at his parents’ Brunswick, Ohio home on Sunday on charges of inducing panic and aggravated menace related to the tweet.
Koberna gave himself up to Brunswick police after they arrived at his home.
Koberna is facing a university hearing, which could possibly result in his suspension or dismissal from Kent State. He will be arraigned in court on Monday.
Koberna’s friend Ashley Mikulec confirmed that he was indeed arrested, saying:
“Holy sh*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.”
The University took swift action. Kent State University President Lester Lefton said:
“Any threat to our campus community is taken seriously and immediately investigated…Our students, employees, and all those who come to campus should know that their safety is our top priority.”
Thankfully, a tragedy was avoided this time.