The Baltimore Sun reports that a University of Maryland student has threatened
a “shooting rampage,” prompting law enforcement authorities
to arrest him. At the time of the 19-year-old’s arrest, he was unarmed.
He has since been charged with the misdemeanor of disturbing orderly conduct
This arrest comes on the heels of a Cleveland-area school shooting in February,
as well as other incidents involving guns and schools, making people take
any threats of
violent crime very seriously.
The 19-year-old college student apparently wrote on Facebook that “hopefully
I kill enough people to make it to national news,” referring to
a shooting rampage that he would perpetrate on the University of Maryland
campus in College Park the following day.
One can’t help but wonder whether the student was making a statement
about the rash of school shootings. The 19-year-old is reportedly a good
student, near the top of his class, and participated in honors programs.
Nonetheless, he cannot return to campus at the moment, and his status
as a student at the university is definitely in question.