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College of Utah scholar charged with terrorist threats over soccer recreation : NPR


The Utah scholar part present their help throughout the first half of an NCAA school soccer recreation in opposition to San Diego State and Utah on Sept. 17, in Salt Lake Metropolis. A College of Utah scholar was arrested on suspicion of creating terrorist threats after police stated she threatened to detonate a nuclear reactor if the college’s soccer workforce did not win the sport in opposition to San Diego.

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The Utah scholar part present their help throughout the first half of an NCAA school soccer recreation in opposition to San Diego State and Utah on Sept. 17, in Salt Lake Metropolis. A College of Utah scholar was arrested on suspicion of creating terrorist threats after police stated she threatened to detonate a nuclear reactor if the college’s soccer workforce did not win the sport in opposition to San Diego.

Rick Bowmer/AP

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Charging paperwork filed in Salt Lake Metropolis on Wednesday allege the 21-year outdated scholar posted threats earlier than Utah’s recreation in opposition to San Diego State College on Saturday, warning that she “was going to detonate the nuclear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 had been allegedly posted on YikYak, a social media platform that enables customers to put up anonymously and which rose to prominence on school campuses a decade in the past.

In keeping with the charging paperwork, the coed 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 packages that use reactors for school and scholar analysis.

The college stated in a press release on Thursday that the reactor was secured and campus regulation enforcement had protocols in place to make sure no breaches are made. Officers stated the coed, who it didn’t identify, admitted to posting the menace and instructed investigators on Wednesday that it was meant as a joke.

“Now we have a zero-tolerance coverage for these sorts of threats,” College of Utah Police Chief Jason Hinojosa stated.

Courtroom data didn’t listing an lawyer representing the coed. 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.

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