Eastern Kentucky U. Cancels Classes and Moves Football Game After Threats

Eastern Kentucky University has canceled classes through Friday and moved Thursday’s home football game in response to a series of violent threats made on the campus and online. According to The Eastern Progress, the campus newspaper, university officials said on Wednesday that posts on social media had increased the seriousness of the threat.

The first sign of trouble surfaced on Sunday night, when graffiti scrawled on a bathroom wall in the student union threatened to “kill all by 10-8-15.” Once investigators determined that the initial threat had escalated, the university canceled classes “to allow law enforcement to conduct a thorough investigation,” said the university’s president, Michael Benson, in a written statement.

It is the second time this year that such a message has appeared on the campus. A similar note, left in February, read: “bringing gun to here 2-11-15 dead students.”

Eastern Kentucky’s football game, against Tennessee Tech University on Thursday evening, will now be played at Georgetown College, about a 45-minute drive away. A number of other campus events have been canceled or rescheduled. Essential university services and dining halls will remain open for the rest of the week.

Some students expressed concern on Twitter about the threat, reflecting on last week’s shooting at Umpqua Community College, which left 10 dead. Others weren’t so sure the university should have taken the threats so seriously.

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