Student In Twitter Threat Ordered To Avoid Kent St

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Kent State University student accused of posting a message on Twitter saying he planned to "shoot up" the northeastern Ohio campus was instructed Monday to stay away from the school and its president.

William Koberna, a 19-year-old sophomore, will be released Monday after posting part of a $50,000 bond set at Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna, about 20 miles east of Akron. He appeared via video from the Portage County Jail.

Conditions of his bond require Koberna to wear a GPS tracking device and to stay away from university President Lester Lefton and the school.

University officials say an employee was monitoring social media mentions of the school when a profanity laced tweet posted July 25 was discovered. The public tweet mentioned Kent State University, identified the university president by name and included the threat: "I'm shooting up your school ASAP."

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