Charge dropped for West Virginia University student accused of making terrorist threats | National and world news


A charge against a West Virginia University student previously accused of making terrorist threats was dismissed without prejudice in 2021, according to court documents obtained by CNN.

The then 21-year-old freshman was arrested in May 2019 after authorities said they learned he had threatened to carry out a “shooting”, university police said at the time.

Court documents signed by three judges in June 2021, along with a letter from the student’s defense attorney, confirm that the charge was dismissed. The Monongalia County Court Clerk also confirmed to CNN by phone that the case was dismissed.

In May 2019, Deputy Chief Phil Scott said police received a tip that the student spoke of shooting at the school in Morgantown, West Virginia, and then killing himself. No weapon was found in his home.

His arrest came a day after a shooting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte left two people dead and four injured.

“Our number one concern is always the safety of the University community and this provides an example of the system working exactly as it should,” Chief WP Chedester said in the statement at the time. “Someone saw something and said something. We investigated and found sufficient cause to act, all within 24 hours.”


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CNN’s Tony Marco contributed to this report.


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