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UNL student arrested after threatening chancellor on Yik Yak

November 12, 2021 GMT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A University of Nebraska-Lincoln freshman has been charged with threatening the chancellor on social media earlier this fall at a time when hundreds of students were turning out to protest a reported sexual assault at a fraternity.

The Lincoln Journal-Star reports that 18-year-old Jude Almquist was arrested Thursday and has been charged with a felony count of terroristic threats.

The affidavit said Almquist made veiled threats toward Chancellor Ronnie Green on Yik Yak, a social media site that lets users post anonymous messages. Yik Yak moderators alerted university police Sept. 6 of one post in which the student said he “just planted a 2nd B0mb the chancellors office!!! #HesMyChancellor.”

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After interviewing Almquist on Sept. 9, investigators drafted a search warrant for the student’s Yik Yak account that turned up more threatening posts.

The posts were made at a time when Green was facing intense criticism from student activists protesting the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. One of the demonstrations at the fraternity drew a crowd of about 1,000 people. The university has since announced a five-year ban on the fraternity.