Tanner Rasnake, 18, Arrested for Threatening to Kill Marshall Cheerleading Team

Tanner Wayne Rasnake, an 18-year-old from Kentucky, has reportedly been arrested for threatening the entire cheerleading team at Marshall University. According to the Herald-Dispatch, was arrested and charged with felony threat of terroristic acts.

Reports claim that Rasnake, who was not a student at Marshall, sent a message to a woman on Sunday, September 1 threatening to kill her, her family, and the entire Thundering Herd cheerleading squad. He reported also made a video call to the woman and verbally repeated his threats.

If convicted on the felony charges, Rasnake faces a one-to-three year prison sentence and/or a $5,000 to $25,000 fine.

The Marshall University Police filed complaints against Marshall before he was arrested. Rasnake is currently being held in the Western Regional Jail on $50,000 surety/cash bail.

The victim was not named and her age was not released, and it was not clear whether she is a member of the school’s cheerleading team.


About Marshall University

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Marshall University was founded in 1837 and is located in Huntington, West Virginia. In the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” 2020 rankings, Marshall University was listed in the top tier “National Universities” category.

“We are certainly gratified that U.S. News & World Report has designated Marshall University among the top tier universities in the country,” said Dr. Jerome A. Gilbert, president of Marshall University, in a statement. “It is wonderful to see our university recognized nationally as a student-centered, public research institution committed to academic excellence, research, student success, and accessible and affordable higher education.”

The school is named after John Marshall, a former Chief Justice of the United States. Marshall includes nine undergraduate colleges: Lewis College of Business (LCOB), College of Education and Professional Development (COE), College of Arts and Media (COAM), College of Health Professions (COHP), Honors College, College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE), College of Liberal Arts (COLA), College of Science (COS), as well as three graduate colleges.

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