A former college student who was arrested in February for making violent threats via Tumblr was given a five-year probation sentence Tuesday (August 20). The sentence also bars the student from using social media during that time as well.
Georgia Southern University psychology major Caleb Clemmons, 20, wrote an ill-advised post via his Tumblr account on February 8. The message read, “[H]ello. my name is irenigg and i plan on shooting up georgia southern. pass this around to see the affect it has. to see if i get arrested.”
Clemmons was arrested later that day, and had been held at Bulloch County Jail since that time up until his release yesterday. No guns or actual plans to shoot up the school were found when Clemmons was arrested. The county set his bond at $20,000 – a number too high for his family to afford. After Clemmons pleaded guilty, Georgia Superior Court Judge John Turner handed out the sentence.
Not only is Clemmons banned from social media, he is also banned from entering four counties in the state, has to complete a mental health evaluation and was sentenced with six months in jail which he already had served. Clemmons was also ordered to a detention center, but that has been suspended.
Clemmons maintained that the post was “an experimental literary piece and an art project” but that didn't fly with prosecutors, who charged him with making terroristic threats via a computer. According to Clemmons' attorney, the state wasn't taking any chances after the Sandy Hook tragedy and other related matters.
It was deemed to be at least a threat, if nothing else," Clemmons' lawyer Jack Williamson said to The Verge. "That's what terroristic threats are. It's not carrying through with any acts, because if there was some act involved, then it would carry up to a 10-year prison sentence.”
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