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Student Is Arrested in Connection With Threat That Shut Down U. of Chicago

[Updated (11/30/2015, 6:17 p.m.) with the identity of the suspect, the criminal charge, and other details.]

A college student has been taken into police custody in connection with a threat of gun violence at the University of Chicago. The Chicago Tribune reports that a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago was arrested after being linked to an online threat to kill 16 white students or staff members in retaliation for the police shooting of a Chicago teenager.

The University of Chicago canceled classes on Monday after the FBI passed along the threat, which described a detailed plan to “do my part and rid the world of white devils” in a campus quad.

In a news release, the U.S. Department of Justice said Jabari R. Dean had been charged with transmitting a threat in interstate commerce. According to the department, the charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

The threat came less than a week after police footage was released of a police officer shooting a Chicago teenager, Laquan McDonald, 16 times.

The University of Illinois at Chicago confirmed in a statement that a student living off campus had been arrested in connection with the threat.

In a statement, the University of Chicago said classes would resume on Tuesday.

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