Suspect in online threat at Univ. of North Alabama arrested

University of North Alabama

University of North Alabama officials said in a press release to Fox10News, a suspect turned himself in to authorities in relation to a recent online threat aimed at the university.

“22 year-old Brian Mitchell of Madison, Alabama turned himself in and faces terrorist charges stemming from a post, police say, he made on the social media site “Yik Yak”, Tuesday morning about 11:30 a.m.,” said University of North Alabama Police Chief Robert Pastula.

Chief Pastula said the investigation began after Mitchell allegedly posted he was going to “Shoot up UNA.”  Authorities at the school said another student alerted them and the campus was placed on high alert as a precaution.

Chief Pastula said he worked with “Yik Yak” to track down the alleged suspect.  According to Pastula, Mitchell, who was a junior living on campus, admitted to police he posted the threat and said he would turn himself in.

University officials say Mitchell is no longer enrolled at the school.  In addition say campus officials, the student will have to face a judicial committee to determine his future status at UNA.

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