A female student at Emory University in Atlanta has been arrested and accused of threatening to shoot up her school. Online records show that the student’s name is Emily Sakamoto, 21. The threat was posted to the text messaging app Yik Yak on the afternoon on October 11, warning that the shooting would take place on October 12.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. She Allegedly Told People ‘I’m Shooting Up the School. Stay in Your Rooms’
NBC Atlanta reports that the Yik Yak threat read “I’m shooting up the school. Tomorrow. Stay in your rooms. The ones on the quad are the ones who will go first.” Later on the afternoon of October 11, the student was identified as a sophomore at the school. NBC Atlanta says she admitted to the offense and was arrested. Following the threat, extra security officers were deployed to the Oxford campus as a precaution. There was never any lockdown at the school.
2. She’s Facing Charges of Making ‘Terroristic Threats’
According to Newton County Jail records, Sakamoto was booked into jail on October 11. She’s accused of making “terroristic threats and acts,” a felony. The jail says that she lives at 702 Haygood Street, Oxford, Georgia. The Newton Citizen reports that a student who saw the threat reported it to local police who promptly arrived at the Jolley Residential Center, where Sakamoto lives.
3. She Was a Track & Softball Player in High School
In March 2014, Sakamoto was on Emory University’s merit list for having a GPA of over 3.0. A separate online profile related to Emory says that Sakamoto is a native of New York City but grew up in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, where she attended high school at Sewickley Academy, graduating in 2013. She was on the track and softball teams at the school. An August 2013 Newton Citizen article about freshman moving into the dorms at Emory showed Sakamoto’s parents, Hiro and Carol helping their daughter move in.
4. She’s Fluent in Japanese
On one online profile, Sakamoto says that she’s fluent in Japanese. During the summer of 2015, she had been studying at New York University, Sakamoto is a psychology student. She writes on Harri, a social media site for those in the service industry, “I have had jobs in the restaurant industry, retail, as well as non-profit. I truly enjoy working and love customer service as I see it as a goal each time I go into work.”
5. Another American School Shooting Could Have Been Avoided Here
This threat comes as all of America’s colleges are on edge following the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, earlier in October 2015. In that attack, Chris Harper Mercer killed nine of his fellow students and a professor, after allegedly asking them individually if they were Christians. The shooting brought renewed calls from President Obama for further gun control measures. These calls were met with stiff opposition from the conservative media.