Cincinnati Student Threatens Repeat of Virginia Tech

CINCINNATI, OH – A “D” in American studies provoked 38-year-old student Karston Taylor to threaten a mass shooting worse than the one at Virginia Tech.

Last April, the father of three was working at a restaurant and studying at the University of Cincinnati to become a paralegal. Then on April 23, Taylor called an advisor at the university and threatened a massacre to rival the one of Seung-Hui Cho that had occurred a week earlier.

The university subsequently sent a mass E-mail to the students notifying them of the incident and cancelled Taylor’s American studies class for a week. The police arrested Taylor two days later on the charge of inducing panic.

Taylor’s lawyer Edward Felson claims his client feared the poor grade would hurt his chances of receiving a well-paying job in the future. He adds that Taylor had followed the review procedure, but with no success.

The court will sentence Taylor on July 18. In the meantime, Judge Richard Bernat ordered him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and released him on house arrest but has prohibited him from entering the university or speaking with university staff.

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