Suspect accused of threatening violence at Oregon State on Twitter pleads 'not guilty'
CORVALLIS, Ore. - A man accused of posting threats on Twitter about shooting staff and students on the Oregon State University campus pleaded not guilty Wednesday.
Christopher Strahan faces charges of charges of Menacing, Disorderly Conduct in the first and second degrees, and DUII. He is being held at the Benton County Jail on $100,000 bail under orders not to possess weapons or have any contact with Oregon State or social media if released.
Strahan was on probation for making threats last year, according to the court.
Strahan, a former student at OSU, posted a series of threats of violence on Twitter targeting the Oregon State campus in Corvallis, investigators said.
Oregon State Police learned of the threats through the SafeOregon tipline and investigated.
Some staff and students avoided campus on Tuesday due to the threats.
Oregon State officials said they are doing everything they can to recognize and respond to threats like the ones Tuesday.
"We will expand our social media monitoring including key words for phrases such as those that this individual used," said Steve Clark, OSU vice president. "We’ve expanded our patrols safety patrols. We have trainings on campus for active shooters and other methods."