Online gamer accused of threatening high school

Online gamer accused of threatening high school

(WMC-TV) - An Oxford teenager has been indicted for making threats while playing an online video game.

Friends who attended Oxford High with Joshua Pillault say he was a laid back guy. They never imagined he would be charged with such a crime.

Pillault is now behind bars for allegedly making threats in a video game's online chat room to destroy Oxford High School.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office Pillault is with charged threatening to kill and injure individuals. They also say he threatened to damage and destroy buildings by means of explosives.

"I never really thought he'd do that type of thing," said Lark Lindley, a former classmate at Oxford High School.

Prosecutors say Pillault made threats against the school in a chat room conversation while playing an online game. The threats were reported by a fellow player in Virginia.

"I heard it was through Rune Scape and somebody thought it was real so they called it in," said Lindley.

Brian Harvey, superintendent for Oxford schools, released the following statement:

"All parties involved believed that the threat was credible and warranted immediate action. The safety of our students, faculty, and staff are of the utmost importance."

Pillault is being held pending a preliminary hearing and detention hearing scheduled for Thursday.

If convicted he faces a maximum of 15 years in prison.

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