Threatening tweet alarms Meramec campus

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KIRKWOOD, MO (KTVI) – There was another security scare at St. Louis Community College, Meramec.

This time, a student allegedly posted a death threat on Twitter, Wednesday morning.

The school made news for bungling the handling of a student-on-student bathroom attack in April

A school spokesman said it had to do with frustration over financial aid, this time.

There was no campus lockdown; but there was a shutdown of the financial aid office in the Clark Hall Administration Building.

“She[the student]  was frustrated with the financial aid process and madekind of a death threat.  It was not directed at anyone specific.  I think it was just born of frustration,” said DeLancey Smith, a school spokesman.

An e-mail went out to all students, faculty, and staff, alerting them of the threat, the closure of the financial aid office, and an increased police presence at Clark Hall; a school vice-president quickly contacted the student, who turned herself into police, Smith said.

Students hardly seemed to think it was overreaction.

“You don’t underestimate anybody under any situation because it can cost you in the end,” said student, Monique Pennermon.

In January, A student at the Stevens Institute of Business & Arts in Downtown St. Louis shot a financial aid worker;  the worker survived.

In April, a St. Louis Community College, Meramec student, told Fox 2,fellow student, Jevon Mallory, choked and tried to kill her in a campus bathroom.

Mallory was released without being charged; students and staff were not notified.  Three school officials, including the campus police chief, lost their jobs over the matter.

“Nno letters went out. The teacher told me 4 days later.  They didn’t even notify them,” Pennermon recalled.  “I felt that that was very unprofessional, dangerous.  It put all of our lives in danger.”

Perhaps this Twitter threat is a sign of how much things have changed.

“We have no tolerance of threats of any kind … it’s amazing that so many people tweet but don’t realize once you put something in a Tweet it’s public…it’s really serious,” Smith said.

“You can never get enough security,” Pennermon said.

The student who allegedly tweeted the threat, is no longer allowed on campus.  The St. Louis County Prosecutor will consider charges against her as early as Thursday.

Mallory is still awaiting trial for the incident in April.

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