Bond was set at $50,000 today for the Kent State student charged with making threats to "shoot up" the campus and KSU President Lester A. Lefton in a Twitter post last week.
William Koberna, 19, of Brunswick was arraigned in Ravenna this afternoon on a felony charge of inducing panic and a misdemeanor charge of aggravated menacing. His next court date will come with a scheduled hearing August 3.
Koberna was told to stay away from the KSU campus as well as avoid any contact with Lefton. In addition to the criminal charges, he also faces university sanctions that include suspension as well as expulsion from the University.
Kent State University officials were monitoring Twitter last week when they ran across a tweet allegedly posted by a student that allegedly made threats to "shoot up" the campus.
Today, social media websites create an avenue for users to send messages to large audiences and with that advantage, can come new consequences.
"What they haven't learned is that's a huge format and we are going to take it seriously in law enforcement," Tim Dimoff said, president of SACS Consulting, Inc. in Akron.
As police departments advance their response protocols for incidents in relation to threats, Dimoff says charges may become more severe.
"What you're going to see is faster reaction and you're going to see an upgrade in response from the police departments and the charges," Dimoff said on 1590 WAKR's Ray Horner Morning Show.
What may have been a misdemeanor charge, is now a felony charge in some cases according to Dimoff.