Emily Sakamoto posted a threat to ‘shoot up the school’ on Yik Yak, an anonymous Twitter-like messaging app, on Sunday. Unfortunately for her, someone took a screen shot before she deleted it.

The 21-year-old sophomore at Georgia’s Emory University’s Oxford campus used that anonymity to post “I’m shooting up the school. Tomorrow. Stay in your rooms. The ones on the quad are the ones who will go first.”

A concerned student showed a friend who then took a screen shot of the message and showed police.


The post didn’t specifically mention Emory University or Oxford College, but the app’s proximity settings deemed that campus the most likely target.

Emory police were somehow able to track the post to Emily and she was taken into custody. She confessed to writing it.

Stephen Bowen, Oxford College’s Dean, sent an email to students to let them know that a sophomore had been arrested for ‘threatening indiscriminate acts of violence’ on the campus.

As of Monday, Emily Sakamoto was still sitting in Newtown County Jail charged with making terroristic threats.