College student charged with threatening professor on Twitter

A man was expelled and charged after allegedly threatening on Twitter to slit his professor's throat in front of the class.


Kris Holt

Internet Culture

Published Mar 1, 2013   Updated Jun 1, 2021, 11:02 pm CDT

A man was expelled and charged after allegedly threatening on Twitter to slit his professor’s throat in front of the class.

Anthony Will Briscoe, Jr. was kicked out of Mount Aloysius College in Cambria County, Pa., and was charged with terroristic threats, harassment by communications, and disorderly conduct.

Police said Briscoe sent the tweet on the morning of Feb. 13. The tweet about biology professor Dr. Laura Michaels allegedly read,  “DO NOT GET (expletive) WITH ME OR I WILL SLIT YOUR THROAT IN FRONT OF THE CLASS.”

Michaels became “fearful and concerned for her safety,” according to the affidavit cited by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Briscoe, 19, apparently claimed he sent the tweet while bored in Michaels’s class, and writes “things like that for entertainment.” Police didn’t find weapons when they searched Briscoe’s room.

A spokesperson said the college does not tolerate threats and expelling Briscoe was the appropriate action, according to the Associated Press.

Others have been in trouble with the law in recent months for making violent threats on the Web, including a man who warned he’d “shoot up every school within a 100 mile radius” if his gun ownership was restricted by law. Last month, a teen was arrested for apparently threatening a cop on Facebook, and a British teen was arrested after allegedly threatening to kill 200 students in Tennessee.

Whether it’s a joke or not, writing about slitting someone’s throat anywhere online is probably not the wisest move. If you’re bored in class, listen to music with an earbud sneaking up your sleeve and head resting in your palm. Something, anything, other than allegedly threatening to kill your teacher.

Photo via @mountaloysius/Twitter

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*First Published: Mar 1, 2013, 2:07 pm CST