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University of Chicago Cancels Classes Today Following Online Threat of Gun Violence

University of Chicago, via Wikipedia.

University of Chicago, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The University of Chicago shut down today after the FBI warned of an online threat of gun violence on campus, The Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The Hyde Park campus “will have an increased police and security presence on and around campus, including police personnel with visible weapons and other additional measures,” University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer wrote.

University security personnel are keeping in close contact with the FBI, which is continuing to investigate the threat.”

FBI Special Agent John Hyde wrote this statement: “Upon learning of a possible threat, we shared information with law enforcement and University officials, as is our practice. The decision to cancel classes was made by the University. Our investigation to determine the source of the online threat is ongoing.”

The FBI said someone posted an online threat of gun violence against the school for 10 a.m. Monday.

Zimmer wrote that the university canceled classes “based on the FBI’s assessment of this threat and recent tragic events at other campuses across the country.”


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