A-State warns students of online threats and consequences

A-State warns students of online threats and consequences
(Source: KAIT)
Arkansas State University's official logo (Source: www.astate.edu)
Arkansas State University's official logo (Source: www.astate.edu)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Kennett Police Department recently arrested a teenager for making threats online against others. Friday Arkansas State University discussed the issue of online threats and warned students against it.

Within the past week, multiple schools across the nation have received threats, including the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

Bill Smith, director of marketing at A-State, says the university stresses that students, faculty and staff are not as anonymous online as they think.

"Genuinely, there's no such thing as anonymity on the internet," Smith said.

Smith said although it could be a matter of time, if a person makes a threat to the university, it can easily be revealed by law enforcement.

"When you go online and you believe you are anonymous and you cross a legal line, like a threat against an institution or a threat against an individual, there are ways law enforcement can be used to find out who you are to hold you accountable for those threats," Smith said.

Smith said A-State hasn't had a problem with online threats but is always proactive.

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