University of Chicago Calls off Classes Over Online Threat

30 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Gun threat prompts University of Chicago to cancel Monday classes.

CHICAGO (AP) — One of the nation’s top universities called off classes on the first day students are due back from the Thanksgiving holiday because of an online threat. The University of Chicago canceled all classes and activities on its main campus today because of a specific anonymous threat of gun violence, the university said in a statement Sunday night. Robert Zimmer, the university president, said that FBI counterterrorism officials had contacted the university Sunday to warn that “an unknown individual” had posted a message online that threatened an armed attack on the main campus quad at 10 a.m. today. FBI counter-terrorism officials said the threat from an unknown person made specific reference to the quad on the university’s Hyde Park campus, Zimmer said on the school’s website. The band of storms that has been moving through parts of the Plains and the Midwest since Thursday has been blamed for at least 14 deaths, including eight in Texas and six in Kansas.

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