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A ‘rampage of biblical proportion’: Auburn University cancels classes after threat

By Reuters
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:43 EDT
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(Reuters) – Alabama’s Auburn University canceled classes on Wednesday after a message posted in a campus restroom that reportedly threatened a “rampage of biblical proportion.”

Law enforcement officials had not substantiated the threat of violence on the campus, but the university suspended normal operations for the day in light of “student and parent anxiety,” according to a statement on Auburn’s website.

A school spokesman could not be reached to confirm the specifics of the threat. Local newspapers reported the message warned of a “rampage of biblical proportion” on Wednesday.

“Authorities do not have any additional information and do not believe the threat is credible at this time,” the school statement said.

The university said it would have an increased police presence on Wednesday, and classes would resume on Thursday.

Located in Auburn, Alabama, the university has a student enrollment of nearly 25,000.

Wednesday marks the seventh anniversary of the April 16, 2007, rampage by a student who gunned down 32 people at Virginia Tech before killing himself in the country’s deadliest mass shooting.

(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Jonathan Oatis)

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