NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - Bond for the Charleston Southern University student arrested in connection with threats made against the school was set at $300,000 Tuesday morning.
Police say threats to "shoot up" the school were posted on an anonymous social media app called Yik Yak Sunday night at 11:30 p.m. Some of the posts read "I cannot wait to shoot you guys up tomorrow," "I'll get RE [Russel East Dorms] first I'm bringing cookies and love to you all," and "Thanks [expletive]. See you in the place we all call hell." The posts have since been removed from the site, authorities say.
The 23-year-old sophomore Jashkira Dela Rosa was arrested Monday and charged with threatening to use a destructive device, according to North Charleston Police spokesman Spencer Pryor.
Some students saw the post Sunday and reported it to campus police, according to CSU spokesman John Strubel. An affidavit says information from Yik Yak identified Dela Rosa as the poster.
North Charleston police also say Dela Rosa admitted to having a gun in her home, which belonged to her fiancee. He turned the gun over to police.
"When we do see it, we take it seriously," Strubel said. "This is not something you can joke around about even though it's on a social media site."
In an email sent to news media, the University's spokesman said they responded immediately to insure the safety of the campus by initiating building and dormitory searches, notifying students of safety steps via the campus Buc Alert system and adding additional armed security officers. Additional police officers were also on campus, according to the release.
The alert was sent to students at 2:55 a.m. Monday.
"It definitely gave us a sense as to what's actually going on and not just going about our day and not having anything to be aware of," student Jessica Elliott said.
School officials also sent out a recorded message to faculty and staff Monday. However, classes were held as scheduled. Some students at the Christian campus said they were trusting in a higher authority to keep them safe.
"I was concerned but I also have faith so I feel like God is watching over us," student John King said. "He has our backs."
The Yik Yak app works like an anonymous bulletin board.
"Yik Yak is a social app that lets people discover their local community," their website reads. "The app instantly connects people to everyone around them so they can share news, crack jokes, offer support, ask questions, and interact freely."