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University of Utah student arrested for making joke about nuclear reactor

Added 09-26-22 12:17:01am EST - “A student at the University of Utah was arrested last week for making an obvious joke about the campus' nuclear reactor and the university's football team.According to a statement released by the university, campus police arrested…” - Theblaze.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theblaze.com: “University of Utah student arrested for making joke about nuclear reactor”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A student at the University of Utah was arrested last week for making an obvious joke about the campus’ nuclear reactor and the university’s football team.

According to a statement released by the university, campus police arrested the 21-year-old student after she wrote, “If we don’t win today, I’m detonating the nuclear reactor on campus,” on Yik Yak, an anonymous social media app.

The student was booked into Salt Lake County jail on suspicion of making a terroristic threat. Her bail was set at $5,000, reports The Salt Lake Tribune. She acknowledged posting the comment but told police the comment was intended as a joke. A person who saw the post considered it suspicious and reported it to police.

According to Fox 13, university police chief Jason Hinojosa stated that it would have been impossible to detonate the reactor on campus. Still, Hinojosa added that the university has “a zero-tolerance policy for these kinds of threats.” Hinojosa also noted that Utah law doesn’t distinguish between jokes or terroristic threats that are not attempted or not possible.

Police added the student “has knowledge of the nuclear reactor” on campus and “attends class in the same building where the reactor is housed.”

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