Auburn cancels Wednesday classes, increases security following threat

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comApril 16, 2014 

Classes at Auburn University were canceled Wednesday following the discovery of a threatening message in a campus restroom, officials announced.

"Reports late yesterday of a suspicious person on campus and a photo circulating on social media that connected the threat to the anniversary of the Virginia Tech tragedy raised legitimate concerns among the campus community," the school announced in a release Wednesday afternoon.

So far the investigation shows the threat has no credibility, but police presence was increased in and around campus and normal operations halted "out of an abundance of caution," according to the university. That increased presence will continue, police said.

The message — which read "To whom it may concern, April 16, 2014, I will unleash a rampage of biblical proportion across this tiny campus. You have been warned" — was found by a student in the men's restroom of the Haley Center, according to The Plainsman. It was reported to Auburn police on March 26.

"I called campus security and told them and they said they were going to go check it out but then they couldn't find it where I told them it was," said senior Caleb Mason. "After that, they called me and asked me to send in the picture."

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The FBI has been contacted and is analyzing the message as police continue to investigate.

The original message has been painted over, according to The Plainsman.

Classes and normal operations will resume Thursday morning.

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