Student arrested in alleged mass shooting threat at Emory

A student was arrested Sunday evening after a threat posted via social media of a mass shooting on Emory University’s Oxford campus in Newton County.

Emory officials confirmed the arrest in a statement emailed to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It read: “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 this morning.”

Although the school did not release the name of the student, jail records for the Newton County Sheriff’s department show an inmate named Emily Sakamoto, 21, was booked and jailed on a charge of making terroristic threats and acts, a felony. Sakamoto is also listed as an Oxford student in Emory’s online directory.

The sheriff’s office said Sakamoto was still in custody Monday afternoon.

According to a report on 11Alive, the student posted the threat on Yik Yak, an anonymous messaging service. Students who saw the post passed it along to police.

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The message read: “I’m shooting up the school. Tomorrow. Stay in your rooms. The ones on the quad are the ones who will go first.”

According to an email Dean Stephen Bowen sent to students Sunday evening just after 8:30 p.m., Emory police identified the person behind the threat as a sophomore. Bowen said the the woman confessed to posting the threat and is in the Newton County Jail.

A recent national study found school threats increased by 158 percent during the first five months of the 2014 school year compared to the same time period in 2013, with most of the increase due to threats from electronic devices and social media. Georgia ranked 13th among states with the highest number of threats.

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