Man Arrested Over Alleged Threats To Shoot Kenyon College Students

UPDATED: Tuesday December 14, 2010 2:33 PM

A Knox County man was arrested over the weekend after allegedly threatening to shoot Kenyon College students.

John P. Freeman faces charges of inducing panic, deputies said on Monday.

According to the Knox County Sheriff's Office, Kenyon College safety officers notified deputies of a conversation that Freeman had in a Gambier bar on Saturday night.

In that conversation, Freeman allegedly said he was going to shoot students at the college so that police would shoot him, 10TV's Jason Frazer reported.

"It was reported to our campus safety office who then reported it to the sheriff's office," said Kenyon spokesman Shawn Presley. "We are on heightened alert now. Our residence halls are locked."

The college has also increased the number of safety officers patrolling campus.

"It's just kind of of really unfortunate and the timing is really bad but I guess I was shocked," said Kenyon student Alex Borkowski. "One would like to believe it's a joke but in the wake of what's happened in the past, we're definitely a lot more on edge and we're going to take these things a lot more seriously."

Freeman said it was all a mistake but the Knox County Sheriff and college officials do not agree, Frazer reported.

He was taken into custody later that same night without incident at his home in Gambier.

Deputies said a semi-automatic rifle and four, 30-round magazines for the weapon were found at Freeman's home, but no ammunition for the gun was found.

Freeman, who was released on bail on Monday, declined to comment.

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