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USM student from Carriere arrested

On Monday, officials with the University of Southern Mississippi announced the arrest of 20-year-old Brandon Hardin of Carriere in connection with a social media threat.

Hardin is a sophomore business major at the university, USM spokesman David Tisdale said. He was arrested by law enforcement officials with the university’s police department and booked at the Forrest County jail.

According to a university press release, Hardin was charged with posting a computer threat to cause injury, which is a felony offense. Hardin is accused of authoring an anonymous post on the social media application Yik Yak.

The message was aimed at members of the University community at Joseph Green Hall on the Hattiesburg campus, the release stated.

“The investigation is still ongoing,” Tisdale said. “After interviewing the suspect, authorities believe he was the only party involved.”

University Police Chief Bob Hopkins said in the release he is pleased the department is close to a resolution in this case.

“The quick arrest is a credit to good and efficient detective work,” Hopkins said. “This incident should serve as another reminder that safety is of primary importance to the University of Southern Mississippi, and people are responsible for what they post on social media websites.”