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UCA student arrested after anonymous threat

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -- A University of Central Arkansas freshman was arrested Monday after posting a threat to an anonymous message board saying something would happen on campus Wednesday.

It happened Friday when university police came across a post that read, "Fellow Yaks, you all seem like good people and I care for you, so if you read this, please stay in your dorms or off campus next Wednesday, I care too much for you all to fall victim of the event."

Following a school shooting at an Oregon community college last week, many are taking caution even though school police say it's an empty threat.

"Oh yeah I've considered going up there and staying with her," said Candle Weaver, whose daughter is a freshman at the school. "I would like for her to stay home tomorrow and Wednesday and Thursday. I just wished they would cancel her classes with a threat like this."

An hour after the post appeared, campus police learned the poster's identity, taking him into custody outside Thompson Hall on Monday.

"We're actually kind of wondering if the old school bomb threat call in is kind of turning into social media," said UCAPD spokesman Sgt. Brad Moore.

Police say it appears to be an empty threat. Searches through the suspect's home and dorm haven't turned up weapons and he claims it was a dare.

Despite those messages, students still fear for their safety Wednesday.

"Yeah that freaks me out a lot because I see now that it's real and it can happen at any minute now," said Weaver's daughter Destiny Hall.

Hall says she won't skip class because she has an assignment due but wishes the school cancelled them.

"It's a big deal. It's not something to mess around with."

The school, however, says it will stick with police until something changes.

"That person is in custody so there is no reason to believe there is a threat on this campus," said UCA spokeswoman Christina Madsen.

Despite the all clear, parents and students alike say they will stick with their gut and keep an eye out until the week is over.

"I mean I think they should take it seriously," Hall added. "You never know what could happen. They could for real be out there."

THV11 has chosen to withhold the name of the suspect until formal charges are brought.

The prosecutor's office says he could face terroristic threatening and communicating a threat, both felony charges.His first appearance in court is scheduled for Wednesday morning in front of District Court Judge Russell Roberts, according to Faulkner County Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland.