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AU student questioned concerning social media comments on Updyke charity appearance


After a planned charity appearance by Harvey Updyke was canceled due to threats via social media, many Auburn fans were more than disappointed to hear that they wouldn't get the chance to take a shot at him in the dunk tank, or throw a pie at his face.

"I would have gotten a lot of revenge dunking him," says Auburn University student Bailey Lockhard.

Even though organizers of the Sept. 29 charity event in Mobile, Ala. thought Auburn fans would want the opportunity TO come face-to-face with the man who poisoned the historic Toomer's Oaks, they pulled the plug on his appearance after seeing comments via social media.

Former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron's mother, Dee Dee Bonner, helped to get Updyke on board with the event, but after she and AJ's wife, Katherine, received death threats over the internet, the guest appearance didn't seem worth it.

On Friday, Aug. 22, an Auburn University student was questioned by authorities about allegedly sending inappropriate messages to event organizers via social media.

Auburn Police Chief Paul Register could not release what the comments were, but says this incident does not rise to the level of a criminal investigation, and would be best handled by Auburn University.

Auburn University released the following statement Friday:

"We take seriously any violation of Auburn's Student Code of Conduct, regardless of circumstances. While we cannot comment on a specific case, we will take every appropriate measure after we learn all the facts and determine if a violation has in fact occurred."

Some AU students we spoke with think their classmates should have kept their thoughts to themselves.

"See, we're better than that. In a way, I feel like we sank to his level, but I guess we'll get our payback when it comes to the Iron Bowl," says David DeNeefe, Auburn University student.

The event is to honor John Oliver, a young boy from Mobile who passed away from cancer in July.

The money raised will benefit Roses for Linda, a non-profit organization that helps cover transportation costs for families visiting terminally ill loved ones.

Bonners say she doesn't want to take away from the real focus of the event hopes everyone will come together to help.

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