University of Chicago cancels classes over gun-violence threat

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Gun threat prompts University of Chicago to cancel Monday classes.

The University of Chicago announced that all classes and activities at its main Hyde Park campus would be canceled Monday after the FBI informed the school that someone made a threat to the campus. 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.

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. I hope that people stay away far enough, because it’s not very specific as to how localized the threat is, and since the campus is pretty big, I guess I’ll just stay at home, which is in neighborhood, but it’s not too close to campus,” said Matthias Staisch, an instructor with the university’s Committee on International Relations. “It’s unsettling, but again, right, we’ve become, I think, quite used to this, unfortunately, and we don’t know anything about the motivation behind this, if it is a credible threat. Sunday morning, Ohio State University police were called when a former employee vandalized school property and then killed himself, authorities told the Columbus Dispatch.

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