Kent State University police say a student made threats to "shoot up" the KSU campus and, in particular, directed the threat at KSU President Lester Lefton. He's now in the Portage County Jail, charged with felony inducing panic and a first degree misdemeanor of aggravated menacing.
A University source says William Koberna, 19, of Brunswick and a sophomore at Kent State, posted the threat on his Twitter account. Police were alerted and Koberna answered their questions; the University police also worked with Twitter to identify the person behind the tweet (posting) before filing the charges.
Koberna was arrested by Brunswick police without incident. Authorities say no one was ever in danger.
(Kent State University - news release) Kent State University Police have charged William Koberna, 19, with Inducing Panic (a Felony of the Fifth Degree) and Aggravated Menacing (a Misdemeanor of the First Degree) related to a public tweet in which he threatened violence to the university campus.
Koberna recently lived in Kent, but currently resides in Brunswick. Brunswick Police executed an arrest warrant at Koberna’s home late Sunday afternoon and took him into custody without incident.
Koberna, who is a sophomore, will be arraigned Monday. Koberna faces university hearings that can result in his suspension or dismissal.
“Any threat to our campus community is taken seriously and immediately investigated,” said Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton. “Our students, employees, and all those who come to campus should know that their safety is our top priority.”