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Home  OU employee arrested after allegedly making gun threats
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Monday, December 17,2012

OU employee arrested after allegedly making gun threats

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Ohio University Police arrested a university employee Friday, for allegedly making threats to other employees.

Stacy Gorham, 53, of Athens has been charged with inducing panic and possessing criminal tools, according to the website of the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail. The site indicates Gorham was booked and released Saturday after posting bond.

According to an OU release, OU Police were acting on reports that Gorham had made threatening remarks to coworkers, saying he would bring a shotgun to work if the university took steps to end his employment. Gorham, who was a utility worker, apparently thought he would be fired for losing keys that had been issued to him in connection with his job.

Officers apprehended Gorham when he came to work around 4:30 p.m. Friday, the release said. After speaking with Gorham and eyewitnesses, officers got a search warrant for his residence on Old Coach Road. With assistance from Athens Police, officers searched the home and seized eight firearms, including two shotguns, two long rifles, an SKS, an AK-47 and two handguns, plus ammunition for each weapon.

Gorham was scheduled to appear in Athens Municipal Court Monday at 9:30 a.m. OU has placed him on administrative leave, and he has been barred from campus.

 

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Greetings: Over reaction or proper concerns, America is changing before our eyes. Reason enough, never threaten anyone under any condition. Gone are the days of free speech.


David M Jenkinson

 

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Free Speech does not, nor has it EVER, covered making threats, David.

 

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Well said Daniel

 

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What makes this 'different', is that this person didnt make these comments in response to something (ie. he wasnt even fired).


So its tough to argue that these were just knee-jerk comments.


If he's threatening to bring a shotgun to work and he hasnt been fired, then it'd be scary to know what he'd do if he was actually fired.


But on the flip-side, 'bringing a shotgun to work' isnt the same as him saying he's going to kill people.


Example. If a sheriff deputy said he's bringing a shotgun to work, no-one would probably think any different.


Or, if someone said they are gonna get their gun. I wouldnt think anything of it - knowing how many people have CCW permits and such.


If I was on the jury, Id prob find him not guilty - give him his guns back and hope he learns from his ordeal to keep his comments to himself.  


All this said, the timing of his comments (friday - dec 14th) couldnt have been worse.

 

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It is a new age.  You can't make comments about violence at work or school.  Those comments can't be tolerated.  If those comments were not dealt with strictly, and then something happened, we'd all be on here blaming the workplace/school for not taking action quicker.


The arrest and seizure eems completely reasonable in my opinion.  


If I were the jury, I'd listen to both sides of the case, and make a determination based on the facts of the case, not newspaper articles or comments on those articles.


 

 

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