Penn State Addresses Alleged Online Threats From Student To ‘Citizen Journalist’ Laura Loomer
Penn State tweeted Thursday afternoon to address what the university calls “controversial comments” made in November by a Penn State student to a “public media figure,” sharing a previous tweet from Penn State Police that indicates the incident was investigated jointly by the Penn State Police Department and federal authorities.
FYI – Penn State Police statement in regards to controversial comments last month between a student and a public media figure. The University responded immediately at the time of the incident and is not going to comment further. Any faculty or student matters are confidential. https://t.co/l6zP6veXs4
— Penn State (@penn_state) December 7, 2017
Here’s the original tweet from Penn State Police, which says there are “no threats to Penn State’s campus at this time.”
We are aware of concerns over some recent controversial comments by a student. We take the safety of our campus community very seriously. This has been investigated jointly by PSU PD and federal authorities, and there are no threats to our campus at this time.
— Penn State Police (@PennStatePolice) December 7, 2017
The incident the university refers to is reported Twitter direct messages between a student and Laura Loomer, who identifies herself on Twitter as an investigative journalist and former Project Veritas operative. Loomer tweeted what appear to be screenshots of the messages, as shown below.
Everyone mass REPORT @HAltarakmah. He appears to be an Islamic terror sympathizer. He messaged me and said “I hope Iran nukes your country. “ His bio says he attends @penn_state.@TwitterSupport isn’t doing a good job keeping Islamic terror sympathizers off twitter. @DHSgov pic.twitter.com/IhZx2ZQ4Ac
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) November 21, 2017
When she did not receive her desired response from the university, she accused Penn State of “covering for” the student and demanded his deportation.
.@penn_state once covered for pedophiles, & now I believe they’re covering for one of their Islamic exchange students who made threats of ISLAMIC TERROR against the US!
See number below, call Penn State, and DEMAND that they expel this student and issue a statement! https://t.co/Bql1zHyOEu
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) December 4, 2017
At this point in time, Hussein Altarakmah is a threat to US national security. He should NOT be treated fairly as a @penn_state "student". His matter doesn't deserve to be confidential.
Then DEPORT him ASAP. https://t.co/oHD9Xl2s8Z
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) December 7, 2017
Penn State said the situation has been reported to federal authorities and has declined to comment further on the issue, saying all faculty or student matters are confidential.