Email With Joker Image Lands UK Student In Court

Jul 27, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A senior political science major at the University of Kentucky pleaded not guilty to charges of terroristic threatening Thursday. The student allegedly emailed UK associate vice president Terry Allen an image of the Joker from The Dark Knight.

Student Steven Kennedy was alleged upset about the way a discrimination complaint he filed had been handled by university officials – that’s according to a warrant filed in Fayette District Court. The document then says Kennedy sent a series of emails to UK officials, including one to associate vice president Terry Allen with a picture of the latest incarnation of Batman villain the Joker. UK Police Chief Joe Monroe says that was a red flag.

"With the recent events across the country dealing with the mass shooting in Colorado with the Joker issue, it was kind of alarming to that vice president, who felt threatened," Monroe says.

Kennedy has now pleaded not guilty to third degree terroristic threatening charges, a misdemeanor. University spokesman Jay Blanton released an email statement saying “the university takes very seriously any allegation of discrimination” and that “such allegations are full investigated.” Kennedy is set to return to court August 8th.