UPDATE: bond set for USM student who allegedly posted social media threat

Brandon Hardin, 20
Brandon Hardin, 20

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Bond has been set for a University of Southern Mississippi student who allegedly posted a threatening social media post to the popular mobile app Yik Yak.

Brandon Hardin, 20, is facing a $40,000 bond after his initial appearance in Forrest County Justice Court before Judge Gay Polk-Payton.

A $75,000 bond was requested by the state for security reasons in regards to this type of behavior. The stipulation with his bond being set is that he remains off the Southern Miss campus and any business to be handled through the dean of students.

According to Hardin's attorney Glenn White, a later administration hearing will be held with Southern Miss Dean of Students, Eddie Holloway.

Hardin, was formerly a Southern Miss iTech employee, held a 3.7 average GPA, and was also awarded the student employee of the year recently.

The maximum penalty for the crime Hardin is charged with is five years.

Hardin has been suspended from the university, according to Vice President of student affairs Joe Paul.

"Because felony charges of a violent nature have been charged, he has been placed on immediate interim suspension," said Paul.

University police arrested Hardin Monday in connection with a social media threat on the mobile application Yik Yak.

The message posted read, "The red will flow tomorrow in JGH. I recommend missing class."

JGH is also known as Joseph Greene Hall on campus and houses the College of Business.

Hardin, a business major from Carriere, Miss., is being charged with posting a computer threat to cause injury.  Officials said this is a felony offense.

"The student will be avail his full due process rights as such time as he is able and chooses to avail them," said Paul. "He would then be charged more formally with violating several items in the code of student conduct, and the case would be adjudicated through the dean of students office for a more permanent disposition... until he is free, able and willing to come and adjudicate the case more properly, he is banned from the campus."

University Police are continuing the investigation following an interview with Hardin, but there has been no evidence to support a threat to campus.

A spokesperson from the university said they are confident that he is the only one involved, but the investigation is still active.

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