University of Chicago cancels Monday classes after gun violence threat

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Gun threat prompts University of Chicago to cancel Monday classes.

CHICAGO — The University of Chicago has canceled classes on Monday and asked students, faculty and non-essential staff to stay away from its main campus on the city’s South Side after being informed by the FBI of a threat of gun violence. “The University was informed by FBI counterterrorism officials today (Sunday) that an unknown individual posted an online threat of gun violence against the University of Chicago, specifically mentioning ‘the campus quad’ on Monday morning at 10 a.m.,” university president Robert Zimmer told the campus community in an e-mail Sunday. “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 cautioned that there will be an increased police and security presence on and around campus, and that the FBI continues to investigate the threat. 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. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation said roads in the Panhandle remained slick after the slow-moving storm dropped ice and freezing rain in the region. — Three people were killed and 12 others were injured after a series of collisions Saturday night on the northbound side of Interstate 287 near Bernards Township, N.J.

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