Police: Student Accused of Emory Shooting Threat Says It was a Joke

Newton County Sheriff's Office
Newton County Sheriff's Office

This article was originally posted by 11alive.com:

ATLANTA — Police say that an Emory student, arrested for threatening to carry out a mass shooting at Emory’s Oxford College, told the arresting officer she meant it as a joke.

Other Emory University students told 11Alive’s Blayne Alexander the threat was posted to Yik Yak, an anonymous messaging service. Students screen-captured the threat – later attributed to Emily Hikari Sakamoto – and called 911.  The message said, “I’m shooting up the school. Tomorrow. Stay in your rooms. The ones on the quad are the ones who will go first.”

The threat was specific to Emory’s Oxford College in Newton County, where she is a sophomore, authorities said.

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