SALT LAKE CITY — A College of Utah scholar was arrested and charged with making terrorist threats on Wednesday after police stated she threatened to detonate a nuclear reactor if the college’s soccer workforce did not win a recreation final Saturday.
Charging paperwork filed in Salt Lake Metropolis on Wednesday allege the 21-year previous scholar posted threats earlier than Utah’s recreation in opposition to San Diego State College on Saturday, warning that she “was going to detonate the nuclear reactor that’s positioned within the College of Utah inflicting a mass destruction.”
The threats have been allegedly posted on YikYak, a social media platform that enables customers to publish anonymously and which rose to prominence on faculty campuses a decade in the past.
In accordance with the charging paperwork, the scholar studied engineering and had data of the college’s nuclear reactor.
The College of Utah is amongst greater than two dozen U.S. universities with nuclear engineering applications that use reactors for college and scholar analysis.
The college stated in an announcement on Thursday that the reactor was secured and campus legislation enforcement had protocols in place to make sure no breaches are made. Officers stated the scholar, who it didn’t identify, admitted to posting the risk and informed investigators on Wednesday that it was meant as a joke.
“We now have a zero-tolerance coverage for these sorts of threats,” College of Utah Police Chief Jason Hinojosa stated.
Courtroom information didn’t checklist an legal professional representing the scholar. A name made to her household’s listed residence telephone quantity went unanswered on Thursday.
Utah defeated San Diego State in Saturday’s recreation, 35-7.