Oxford College student arrested for social-media threat

Emory Report | Oct. 13, 2015

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 that morning.

Early on Oct. 11, two Oxford College students alerted law-enforcement authorities that they had seen a social media post they believed posed a threat to the Oxford College community.  As a precaution, additional police officers were immediately sent to the Oxford campus as the Emory Police Department (EPD) began and continued its investigation.

Through its investigation, the EPD was able to trace the social media posting to an Oxford student. When interviewed, the student acknowledged sending the message and was arrested for terroristic threats and was transported to the Newton County Jail.

Two messages were sent to the Oxford College community within hours of the arrest to inform the campus community of the situation and its resolution.

"We greatly appreciate the fact that Oxford College students immediately called 911 and brought the post to the attention of the Emory Police Department," said Oxford College Dean Stephen Bowen. "We also thank the EPD and CEPAR (Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response) for their immediate and thorough response to this situation. Emory 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."