The chilling message scribbled on a bathroom wall went something like this: There will be a bomb Wednesday ... in the student union. Let it be known.
The threat, written in a University of Nebraska at Omaha bathroom, alarmed the university community — especially after a student snapped a photograph and posted it on Facebook.
The student — William Gottner, 20 — thought it was funny.
“Isn't this ridiculous? Haha,” Gottner's caption read.
Omaha police said friends urged Gottner to call campus security or police to tell them where he saw the threat. He didn't appear to see the need.
The reason that Gottner found the threat so amusing, police said Friday, is because he wrote it himself.
Gottner, a junior from Bellevue, was arrested Tuesday and charged with making terroristic threats — a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
He has posted 10 percent of his $100,000 bail. He waived his preliminary hearing rights and is awaiting trial.
Gottner didn't have any bombs or weapons on campus or at home, Detective Joe Martin said, nor was he planning a violent attack on campus. Officers searched his home and car.
When police caught up with Gottner — they discovered him sleeping on a couch on campus — he told them that he wrote the note because he was upset at having been kicked out of his parents' house.
“He was having a hard couple of days,” Martin said. “But that's probably the worst way to get attention.”
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