Christian Pryor is no longer part of Fresno State’s football program. Tim DeRuyter, their coach, made an official statement saying that they never had any negative dealings with Pryor either off or on the field. He said that they collaborated with the Fresno State Police Department to get in touch with Pryor and then dismissed him from the football program.
The Fresno State police arrested Pryor on Monday for alleged connection with a post on a social networking site, threatening of a mass campus shooting. The anonymous threat was made through Yik Yak, an instant messaging app. The sender said that he would release his frustrations on campus at 3:00 p.m. and attached a picture of Henry Madden Library to his post.
Fresno Bee quotes the sender as follows: “the time is here. @3PM I will release my frustrations. Tired of dirty looks, get rejected, nd being talked about bc how I dress. My choice of weapon M4 Carbine…”
The university came to know of the threat at noon and alerted faculty members and students about the threat through its Twitter account. At around half past two, the university had already nabbed the suspect.
The sender’s IP address was traced, and it turned out to be Pryor. He is now in Fresno County Jail and charged with making criminal threats. He also faces a bond worth $20,000. According to David Huerta, the police chief of Fresno State, Pryor confessed that he had posted the threat, but refused to state his reasons for doing so.