CSU student arrested, accused of making threat on Yik Yak
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Police arrested a Charleston Southern University student Monday evening, about a day after she made a threat to the campus on the anonymous social media platform Yik Yak.
JaShkira Dela Rosa was charged with threatening to use a destructive device. A bond hearing is set for Tuesday morning.
North Charleston police say Rosa made several threatening posts to go to the school and shoot. Investigators found Rosa Monday and arrested her.
The threat led to a campuswide search at Charleston Southern University.
CSU officials say they spotted the threat and immediately called the North Charleston Police Department. CSU public safety also conducted a search of the buildings and dorms on the campus and sent out an alert to the CSU community through the Buc alert system.
Extra security officers were also sent to buildings around the campus, officials said.
North Charleston police spent the day identifying Rosa, but officials did not specify exactly what the Yak said. CSU said the State Law Enforcement Division was also involved in the investigation, but SLED says they are not helping North Charleston police.
Uniformed and plainclothes officers are present on the CSU campus and will remain until the investigation is over, officials said.
Yik Yak is an anonymous social media platform in which users can post short updates and other users can reply to them as well as up and down vote them, giving the original poster karma points.
Most updates are fairly mundane, commenting on work, school, or the attractiveness of people in various locations.But sometimes the commentary can be cruel, leading to complaints on some campuses.
Earlier this year, threats appeared on Yik Yak in the Fredricksburg, Va., area shortly before a woman was killed on the University of Mary Washington campus.
At the same time, reporters used Yik Yak to learn that Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential announcement was mandatory to attend at Liberty University.