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Arrest made by SVSU police following social media threat

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM/AP) -

An arrest has been made after an anonymous threat was posted to social media.

The threat was posted to Yik-Yak at 1:30 a.m. Friday, and later retracted, Saginaw Valley State University President Donald Bachand said in a campus announcement. 

Shortly before noon university police arrested a 21-year-old suspect who is currently lodged in the Saginaw County jail.

That is news SVSU student Katelyn Poniatowski was happy to hear. “"I’m really happy to hear that. You can’t just go around making threats like these without punishments.”

 While the suspect’s ties to SVSU are unclear, officials believe the threat originated on or near the campus.

The university is not giving specific details about the nature of the threat, but did say they believed some sort of action designed to harm people would take place.

Despite that, the campus remained open. JJ Boehm, spokesperson for the university said “We think it was the right decision to open campus based on the information that we had, and the precautionary measures that we were taking”.

Boehm tells TV5 the suspect was taken into custody without incident, and no firearms were found on, or near him.

In the arrest announcement, President Bachand said:

SVSU would like to thank the FBI for their prompt assistance with the investigation, and we would like to acknowledge the cooperation received by YikYak.

Officials at Michigan Technological University in Houghton said a person was arrested Thursday after a threat "was directed at members of Michigan Tech's black community."
A student at the University of Missouri's Rolla campus faces a making a terroristic threat charge after threats were directed at the school's Columbia campus on Yik Yak.   

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