Video: Fresno State police chief talks about threat to campus posted online
Fresno State leaders were prepared to evacuate the campus Monday as authorities investigated a violent threat posted on social media, university President Joseph I. Castro said.
In a letter emailed Tuesday morning to the Fresno State community, Castro said they decided to remain open and continue with classes "as soon as we were alerted that the suspect was in custody and assured he acted alone."
Earlier, the Fresno State football arrested in connection with the threat was released from Fresno County Jail. Christian Malik Pryor, 18, a freshman walk-on with the Bulldogs, left the jail at 11:40 p.m. Monday after posting the $20,000 bail.
Authorities say Pryor posted the threat anonymously on the messaging app Yik Yak. The message said in part: "The time is here. @3PM (sic) I will release my frustrations. ... My choice of weapon M4 Carbine."
Fresno State announced on its Twitter account at 2:28 p.m. that a student had been arrested. In the early evening, the university confirmed that Pryor was the suspect.
Pryor was arrested in the Duncan Building in the center of Fresno State’s athletic complex south of Bulldog Stadium.
In Castro's letter Tuesday, he said "several communications" to sent to the campus community with email, text messages and social media. "A review will be undertaken to determine how we can enhance our efforts," Castro said.
Castro, who was traveling Monday as the incident unfolded, invited students to use the Health and Counseling Center on campus (phone number 559-278-2734). Faculty and staff who want help can contact David Crabtree, counselor for employee assistance services at 559-960-1129 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Castro said.
This story will be updated.