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Suspect in custody in University of Chicago gun-violence threat, FBI says.

An online threat against the University of Chicago that led the school to cancel all activities Monday appears to have been motivated by the shooting of a black teenager by a Chicago officer in 2014, federal authorities said. University President Robert Zimmer sent an email to students and staff warning them of a threat posted online by an unknown individual, which specifically mentioned “the campus quad” at 10 a.m. Authorities said Dean posted online that he would “execute approximately … 16 white male students and or staff, which is the same number of time (sic) McDonald was killed.” The complaint also said that Dean admitted to FBI agents that he posted the threat and took it down shortly after.

Students who reside on campus were told to contact their resident heads and “to remain indoors as much as possible if they are on campus.” “Based on the FBI’s assessment of this threat and recent tragic events at other campuses across the country, we have decided in consultation with federal and local law enforcement officials, to exercise caution by canceling all classes and activities on the Hyde Park campus through midnight on Monday,” Zimmer said in the email. The university, one of the leading teaching and research institutions in the nation and where President Barack Obama taught law, said in a statement Sunday night that the threat mentioned the quad, a popular gathering place, and 10 a.m.

In response to the threat, the university will bolster the police and security presence on and around campus, including personnel with visible weapons as the university keeps in close contact with the FBI, which is continuing to investigate the threat, Zimmer said. One U. of C. student, who described the quad as “very busy” on Monday mornings, said students coming back from Thanksgiving holiday were stunned to learn of the threat via email and text from the university. “I’m not going down there tomorrow, and I don’t have plans on going down there on Tuesday,” said the student, who only wanted to be identified as Will. “For a threat like this, I want to give a few days to cool off.

Ohio State University police were called Sunday morning when a former employee vandalized school property and then shot and killed himself, authorities told the Columbus Dispatch. On Sunday night, film students from Moorpark College in California were arrested when they triggered a panic on the 101 Freeway with replica weapons, according to the Los Angeles Times. Colleges and universities have been on high alert since last month, when 26-year-old gunman Chris Harper Mercer opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., killing nine people and wounding many others before taking his own life.

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