Florida Rap Artist Arrested Over Threat to ‘Shoot’ Up Campus

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A Florida rapper who threatened in his lyrics to blow up the University of Florida campus is going to find out whether the threat of a mass shooting in an art form is considered protected free speech, The Miami Herald reports.On Tuesday, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher Maurice McCallum, 27, aka Jun Jun, and charged him with two second-degree felony counts of intimidation by written threat to commit bodily injury and to kill or injure, according to court records. At issue: lines in a rap he posted to Facebook on March 22 that read: “Catch you at a Gator game and shoot the whole campus up.”

Under Florida statutes concerning threats, a person who threatens to kill or do bodily injury to another person or threatens to conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism — including by writing, composing, sending or procuring, and by means which include electronic communication — “that would allow another person to view the threat, commits a felony of the second degree.” Alachua sheriff’s Lt. Brett Rhodenizer told the Gainesville Sun his understanding of the posted rap is that “it was very specific as to locations … and concurrent with an upcoming concert,” and probable cause existed to make the arrest.

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