A man from London, England, charged with uttering threats to Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, said he had made the comments in a humorous way and he never expected that someone took the threats seriously.
In an interview with CTV News, a man of 22, the network identified as Daniel Ransem, apologized to the institution for the anguish he has caused.
Ransem, who was accused of malicious communications, said that its publication was a “running joke” on the 4chan forum and that he had no bad intention.
He was released on bail and must return to court in January.
The law in the UK on malicious communications makes it illegal to make threats with the intent to cause distress or anxiety.
The publication, which was first identified by US authorities, led to the containment measures on the university campus located in Waterloo, Ontario, for nearly six hours on Friday.
Waterloo police compared the threat to a warning issued before a shooting incident in a college in Oregon, earlier this month. The latter has ten dead, including the gunman.
A shared photo on Twitter showed a frog holding a gun and it was written: “Do not go to the Department of Science Laurier tomorrow. Another publication of the event will be published in the morning. ”
On the publication that preceded the shooting in Oregon that read: “Do not go to school if you are in the Northeast. Another publication of the event will be published tomorrow morning. ”
Ransem said not to have realized that the authorities were taking such publications seriously.
“I did some realities such as the fact that there was a degree of paranoia on the other side of the Ocean, he said.
“I knew there was a lot of shooting, but I did not know that paranoia was such that I was going to be arrested here in my country. As soon as they spotted me in another country, I do not know how anyone could consider this a credible threat.
He added that it was a “stupid decision” and he believed to be protected by the law on freedom of expression.
“From the bottom of my heart, I am very, very sorry. I did not mean that the university is put in confinement. I’m not a bad guy, ten minutes with me and you’ll realize that I am just as dangerous as a mouse. ”