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Sakamoto pleads not guilty to terroristic threats

A former Oxford College of Emory University student pled not guilty to two charges of making terroristic threats last fall.

Emily Hikari Sakamoto, 21, appeared before Judge Samuel Ozburn in Newton County Courtroom 1 on Thursday to enter her pleas.

In the indictment filed by the Newton County District Attorney’s Office in January, Sakamoto threatened to commit a crime of violence, causing terror to the students and faculty of Emory University at Oxford College on Oct. 11. 

In October Sakamoto posted on the anonymous messaging app, Yik Yak, “I’m shooting up the school. Tomorrow. Stay in your rooms. The ones on the quad are the ones who will go first.”

According to Sakamoto, she was joking when she made the threats and hadn’t known that posting it would be against the law.

The next court date in the case will be April 25.

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