Student Threatens Fresno State Through Social Media


Staff Writer

Monday, November second, Fresno State’s Christian Pryor was arrested for threatening to shoot up the campus. From Los Angeles, Christian Pryor, eighteen years old, was a freshman who played football for Fresno State. Pryor was released just this morning, and now faces serious charges.

Through social media, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., news travels extremely fast, so people are kept up to date on what is happening in the world. Fresno State student, Michelle Peres says,”A lot of people are freaking out and it’s a little scary”. Michelle Peres also said, once she heard the news,”I left my class and I don’t really want to be here for the rest of the day.

Pryor sent out messages through the app called “Yik Yak”. Yik Yak is an app that allows post messages anonymously. According to the Chief of the Fresno State Police Department, David Huerta,”The texts contained information as to the time it would occur, a little bit of information about why the individual was going to do it, and the kind of weapon the individual was going to use”. Huerta also added that the police department “took this information and quickly were able to track down the phone number that delivered the Yik Yak. In working with the company itself, we were able to get an IP address and more information”.

Hours after the messages were posted, Christian Pryor was arrested. Fresno State’s Provost Lynnette Zelezny, stated “”As soon as we were alerted that the suspect was in custody, and we were assured that the person in question acted alone, we notified the campus that classes would continue”. Pryor faces “state and federal charges”, and now is held with a $20,000 bond.

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