Authorities have charged a former Missouri student for allegedly making a “terroristic threat” on social media, PEOPLE has confirmed.
Tyler Bradenberg, 19, was charged on Thursday for making a terrorist threat on the social media app Yik Yak aimed at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, a university spokesman tells PEOPLE.
The alleged threat reads: “I’m gonna shoot up this school,” the spokesman confirmed, adding that Bradenberg is a former student at the school.
Bradenberg’s father, Paul, told the St. Louis Post Dispatch that he thinks his son copied someone else’s Yik Yak message but never intended to hurt anyone. He added that Bradenberg does not own any guns.
Along with the charge, a warrant has been issued for the teen’s arrest, CBS News reports. Authorities believe the threat was posted from Bradenberg’s St. Louis home.
“It was targeted toward our university, although apparently the individual used some sort of screening or spoofing technology that made them appear they were on our campus at the time of the threat,” the spokesman tells PEOPLE and a university statement confirms.
Two other Missouri students were arrested this week for making online threats against African-American students. Connor Stottlemyre, a freshman at Northwest Missouri State University, was taken into custody on Thursday, while University of Missouri student Hunter Park was detained on Wednesday.
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However, the Missouri University of Science and Technology spokesman tells PEOPLE that Bradenberg’s alleged threat was not race-related.
“As far as the comments that we know of, it was not about any kind of racial stance,” the spokesman says. “It was just a general terroristic threat on the university.
“Of course recent events have unfortunately unfolded in that way,” he added, “but in this case it was just a threat against the university.”