Kent State University Student Tweets Plans to ‘Shoot Up’ Campus
William Koberna, a 19-year-old Kent State University student tweeted last weekend about his intention to “shoot up” the campus. According to the Los Angeles Times, the tweets included profanities, referenced the university president, and stated that he planned to “shoot up” the school.
This comes less than a week after the devastating July 20 shooting in Colorado during the screening of “The Dark Night Rises”, in which 12 people were killed and 58 were injured. It is also, unfortunately, a scene that has played out at various schools in the past few years such as Columbine and Virginia Tech. Authorities took no chances with this type of threat and quickly arrested Koberna at his parents’ home Sunday afternoon. He has pleaded not-guilty to the charges of inducing panic and aggravated menacing.
Although authorities do not know what his motivations were, they are taking this threat extremely seriously, and rightly so. In my opinion, this was a cry for help. This student is obviously in need of some mental help and most likely some harsh punishment. These types of threats cannot be accepted publicly or privately. Just like those that are thinking of committing suicide tend to voice their intentions, when any indication of violence is given from an individual, those around them should take it seriously and act on it.
And even though social media may make us feel isolated, the truth is that people do see what you put out there publicly, especially something so horrific. Thankfully this student was stupid enough to make his intentions public so that authorities could arrest him before anyone was hurt.
I’m hoping that he is found guilty, and given a long maximum sentence. What do you think? Was this just a prank taken too seriously or should he pay for his ill-intentions?