Man behind Penn State student center threats sentenced

A Penn State student who made social media threats will serve time in Centre County Correctional Facility.

On Friday, Jong Seong Shim, 21, of Tinton Falls, N.J., was sentenced to five days to 12 months in jail with another year of probation, after pleading guilty to one count of terroristic threats and one count of disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors.

Shim was charged after using social media service Yik Yak to post a threat to shoot people at the HUB-Robeson Center in October.

Yik Yak is an app that offers anonymity to its users and limits access to users in the same geographical area, but police were still able to trace the threats back to Shim.

“Threats of violence are never funny. Police can figure out who you are, even if you are online and think you are hidden, and the consequences are serious. This kind of behavior is not a joke,” said Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller in a statement.