Two Michigan State University students face charges of making a false terrorism threat while on campus.
Rami Souguir, 18, of Ann Arbor and Jennifer Spicer, 20, of Marrero, Louisiana, have been ordered to have no contact with MSU President Samuel Stanley and his family.
The two are also not allowed on the MSU campus.
They have been charged with making a false report or threat of terrorism and using a computer to commit a crime.
Mike Nichols, attorney for Souguir, elaborated about what Souguir and Spicer, who Nichols says are in a romantic relationship, are accused of.
“They’re claiming that my client and his girlfriend, either together or in what we call conspiracy, did a post on a social media site that made reference to killing the Michigan State University president,” he said.
Nichols said while he does not deny the allegations are serious, he says the charges are extreme.
“There’s no malice. At worst, this is a sophomoric, juvenile prank. I mean, come on,” he said. “I get it, we’re in a day and age where we don’t want to be the next campus where there’s an active shooter situation and people are hurt or killed. I get that. But let’s do a level of intervention that tries to find a balance between the hysteria and the reality.”
The two have been released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.
They could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Stanley released the following statement on the alleged threats and arrests:
““It is unfortunate when these situations arise. The safety of our campus, and the care we show for each individual person on it, remains a top priority. We cannot have a safe and caring campus and tolerate threats being made against our community. I thank the MSU Police Department for taking action in this situation.”Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., Michigan State University president