You’d like to assume that an idle threat made on social media is toothless or a sick joke. Unfortunately, we no longer live in a world where such assumptions are okay (and we probably never did).
Thursday night, someone using the Twitter account @DanielTheDuck8 tweeted a mass shooting threat involving Penn State’s Beaver Stadium and an upcoming football game in the 2018 season.
“I have decided that I’m going to commit the biggest mass shooting in history of the world, killing thousands of fans in beaver stadium during one of the games next year,” read the tweet, which also included an expletive-laden hashtag. The tweet also tagged multiple Penn State related accounts, including the football program and State College Police.
The Penn State University police (PSUPD) and the FBI are both looking into the threat. PSUPD made statements on their social media accounts saying that there was no immediate danger to the Penn State community, but they plan on determining the threat’s credibility.
University Police, along with the FBI, is investigating a potential threat on social media and working to determine its credibility. There is no immediate danger to the Penn State community. Penn State takes all threats very seriously. If you see something, say something.
— Penn State Police (@PennStatePolice) August 9, 2018
The @DanielTheDuck8 Twitter account originally removed the tweet but the account was deactivated soon after.
Penn State University police and the FBI are looking into a mass shooting threat that was posted to Twitter Wednesday night.
Again, it’s likely that this was just someone’s idea of a sick joke but, unfortunately, we don’t have the luxury of hoping that’s the case. Security was probably already being stepped up at Beaver Stadium for this season and now people will point to this as a good reason to remain vigilant no matter what.