Former student goes on trial this week for Tumblr threat after months in prison

Arrests based on threats made on Twitter or Facebook are nothing new, but they’ve happened less frequently in the US than in the UK or other countries. Later this week, however, a former college student named Caleb Clemmons will go on trial for a “joke” post he made on his Tumblr back in February. According to Gawker, Clemmons was arrested after making a Tumblr post that said he planned to “shoot up Georgia Southern” (his college) the next day. It went on to ask people to “pass this around to see the affect it has. To see if I get arrested.” Within a few hours, Clemmons was tracked down and arrested, and he’s been in jail awaiting trial ever since — he was unable to make the $ 20,000 bail set after his arrest.

While the threat seemed…

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