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Student Responsible For HUB Shooting Threat Sentenced

Jong Shim, the student behind the HUB shooting threat posted on Yik Yak, was sentenced to serve five days to 12 months in the Centre County Correctional Facility and one year probation. Shim was held on a $100,000 bail and pled guilty to one count of terroristic threat and one count of disorderly conduct.

Shim posted a threat on Yik Yak on Sunday, Oct. 12 that he was going to shoot people at 12:00 the next day at the HUB. The Yak was taken down and police were notified almost immediately.

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“Alarming an entire community is not considered a joke. It’s considered a terroristic threat in this case and this individual will be held accountable,” Penn State Police Chief Tyrone Parham said at the time.

Before Shim was located, the regional FBI office and owners of Yik Yak were involved to help identify the suspect. Police were able to trace the post’s location to Shim’s apartment and he was in custody by 10:48 p.m. the same day he posted the Yak. The 20-year old told police it was a “prank,” according to a release.

“Threats of violence are never funny,” District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said. “Police can figure out who you are, even if you are online and think you are hidden, and the consequences are serious. This kind of behavior is not a joke.”

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