Lake Superior State University Reacts to Student Charged with Social Media Threats

Police arrested a student at Lake Superior State University over the weekend.

He’s now charged with a felony related to a threat posted on social media.

Lucas Gerhard is charged with false report or threat of terrorism. The university tells us there was a threat posted on social media, and a resident assistant reported it to campus public safety.

A student at L.S.S.U sent the alleged threat Gerhard posted to 9&10 News. That student tells us it has been circulating around campus.

We haven’t been able to confirm with Sault Ste. Marie Police the exact nature of these threats, but students are reacting.

“That’s a little scary just because you usually think about it happening at bigger universities not one that’s small, it was a little concerning almost to hear that,” said Dakota, L.S.S.U Sophomore.

“I feel safe knowing it was taken care of,” said Haley, L.S.S.U Freshman.

The students we talked to didn’t know about the incident.

“No idea I’m very confused,” said Rachael, L.S.S.U Sophomore.

L.S.S.U provided us with the email sent out on Saturday to students regarding the incident.

“They should always check their email it’s our main point of communication to them,” said Jason Wenglikowski, Director of Communication, L.S.S.U

“The safety of the community and the campus is the most important thing we’re worried about here, our students were never in danger, staff faculty no one was in danger,” Wenglikowski said.

Wenglikowski says in the event of an emergency on campus, they do have separate alert system that sends out emails, text alerts and social media posts.