Facebook post interpreted as threat against UIC not credible danger, university says

Chicago Tribune 2 months ago

Officials said there was no reason to believe there’s any danger after what people interpreted as a threat on the University of Illinois at Chicago’s campus was made on an anonymous campus Facebook page Tuesday night.

The threat was attributed to a post made on a community Facebook page, UIC Confessions & Crushes. The post gave the time, “Oct 9th, 2019 12PM CDT” followed by a statement people interpreted as alluding to a 2014 mass killing in California that ended in the killer’s suicide.

A public safety advisory was sent to the campus community Wednesday morning via email and text, UIC spokeswoman Sherri McGinnis Gonzalez said. The advisory was also posted on university social media pages.

“UIC Police are aware of an anonymous Facebook post suggesting that a person in the campus community may be having suicidal thoughts. Additional posts have suggested that there may be an active threat to the campus," the statement said. “UIC Police are involved and have determined that there is no credible threat to the campus.”

Threats to the campus community are evaluated on a case by case basis, McGinnis Gonzalez said.

Anyone in immediate risk is urged to call UIC Police at (312) 355-5555 or 911.

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