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Off-campus student charged in Penn State threat

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 13, 2014 12:22 PM
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(Pittsburgh) -- A 20-year-old off-campus student has been jailed on charges that he posted a social media threat to shoot people at the HUB on Penn State's main campus. 

Campus police say Jong Seong Shim, of Tinton Falls, New Jersey, told them the post on the social media site Yik Yak was a "prank."

But Chief Tyrone Parham says, "Alarming an entire community is not considered a joke."

Shim was jailed after he was unable to immediately post $100,000 bond following his arraignment today on two counts of making terroristic threats and one count of disorderly conduct. 

The threat was posted about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, and several students alerted campus police when they saw it. 

The HUB is a center of campus social life that includes various eateries and other places students meet to socialize.

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