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BREAKING: Arrest made in second alleged social media threat to USM campus

BREAKING: Arrest made in second alleged social media threat to USM campus

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 This is a news release from the University of Southern Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi Police have arrested Velton Williams, of Hattiesburg, in connection with an alleged threat to the Hattiesburg campus posted last week on the social media application Yik Yak.


Williams, 20, has been charged with posting a computer threat to cause injury, a felony offense. He is currently being held in the Forrest County Jail. A student at Southern Miss, Williams has been placed on interim suspension indefinitely by the University.

“With the cooperation of Yik Yak and other investigative processes, we were able to pinpoint the identity of the poster and bring a resolution to this case,” said University Police Chief Bob Hopkins. “I hope that this will serve as a reminder to anyone who posts comments on social media that nothing is anonymous.”

Williams is accused of authoring a post on Yik Yak last Thursday (Sept. 25) indicating a “USM purge” would take place.

His arrest is the second in connection with social media threats made toward the University. Last week University Police arrested another individual who is accused of posting a threat to the Hattiesburg campus on Yik Yak last Monday (Sept. 19). He too has been charged with posting a computer threat to cause injury.

As always, University Police asks the University community to remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity that might appear out of the ordinary to UPD at 601.266.4986.

About The University of Southern Mississippi
Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and through Online at Southern Miss. Since 2006, Southern Miss students have collected seven Goldwater Scholarships, three Truman Scholarships and 10 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Our Center for Undergraduate Research affords our students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, we conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. As one of a select number of institutions in the nation accredited in art, dance, music and theatre, we are a haven for creativity and artistic expression. In the classroom or lab, on the playing field, or in the performance hall, we strive to have a positive impact not only on our students, but also the world around us. Further information is found at www.usm.edu.

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