PBA student accused of texting death threats

Posted at 2:47 PM, Nov 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-04 23:51:50-04

A Palm Beach Atlantic University student is accused of stalking and texting death threats to six people, according to West Palm Beach police.

Police say 20-year-old Jenique Gray assumed the identity of another student with whom she had a grudge. They say did that by using the victim's phone number with a free online app so it would hide Gray's identity. Then she sent hundreds of texts, which included death threats, to multiple victims, according to officials.

Police have charged her with 10 counts of Aggravated Stalking, and 10 counts of Written Threats to Kill or do Bodily Harm.

"Kind of a scary situation. You never know who is in your backyard," says Davidson Baker, a student at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

For now students will be on the look out for this kind of crime.

"You got to be looking out for what might be going on around the scenes," says David Mellinger, another student on campus.

Palm Beach Atlantic issued the following statement: 

Palm Beach Atlantic University was notified today by West Palm Beach Police of the arrest of first-semester student Jenique Gray. The University cooperated with law enforcement in their investigation. As an institution that upholds accountability, excellence, integrity, love, respect and unity as its values, it is disturbing to learn that someone from our community is accused of violating these tenants.

The University is bound by the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) not to disclose specifics of student records, including discipline cases, without permission of the student.

According to University policy, once notification of a student arrest is received, that individual is subject to student conduct policies of the institution. Palm Beach Atlantic will follow its standard process to determine whether the student has violated University policies separate from any legal proceedings.

As a community, we will be praying for the alleged victims and the student accused of these actions.