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Students at Emory & Henry College shocked to hear about online threat

Students react to "Yik Yak" threat

EMORY, Va. - We've learned new information following a threatening message at Emory & Henry College.

The student who anonymously posted the threat to the social media app "Yik-Yak" turned himself in Wednesday morning. He said he didn't mean it to come across that way.

Emory & Henry College students were shocked to learn that a threatening message targeting the school was making its way across the social media scene.

News 5 found out someone posted the message using the smartphone app "Yik-Yak." It read, "Freshmen killing spree. Tomorrow at the caf at 12. All upperclassmen come prepared."

The app allows users to post anonymously.

"It's kind of immature to have people going around saying stuff like that," says senior Ashly Prosser.

"It's just another way for people to hide behind a keyboard," adds junior Tim Coulter.

Campus leaders took the threat seriously. Late Tuesday night Vice President for Student Life, Pamela Gourley, emailed the entire campus about the threat. "Because of the nature of the post, we felt that it was important to let our students, faculty and staff know this had been posted and that were pursuing information about it," adds Gourley.

That email had the campus buzzing all morning. "It's a really scary thought that somebody would think that would be funny," adds Prosser.

"I guess it was only a matter of time until someone did something weird on that app," says Coulter.

The college said they will do their best to educate students in hopes they'll be more responsible on what they post to social media in the future.

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