Officials at California State University, Northridge, released a statement Wednesday regarding graffiti that was found in one of the buildings on campus – graffiti that included a threat of a mass shooting and hate symbols.
Here is the statement from Anne Galvin, CSUN’s Chief of Police:
To the CSUN Community:
Earlier this evening, CSUN Police became aware of hateful and racist language posted on walls in Sierra Hall. It included hate symbols and a threat of a mass shooting. Late last week we had similar hate language in this same building.
First, I want our community to know that Police Services is investigating, and we have stepped up patrols on campus. I am asking our community to be very vigilant and to report any and all such hate language you see (including symbols, threats, etc.). If you see any concerning suspicious behavior please report it to our 911 center.
We are aware that photos of this hateful language, symbols and the threat are being widely shared on social media causing significant concern among our community. Again, if you have any tips in this case, I ask you to share them with CSUN Police immediately at 818-677-TIPS (8477).
Chief of Police
Some on social media expressed their frustration with the school’s response:
“As a parent of a CSUN student I demand that the university do more than just ask others to report suspicious activity. Cancel classes immediately,” wrote Nancy Bridges Maldonado.
“Okay but like…I have a final that day in the building connected to it and kinda dont want to die. Sooooo what’s actually being done and why haven’t we been emailed,” wrote Becka Cole Wednesday night.
However, there are those who feel the threat, which is scheduled to take place on the first day of finals, was nothing more than a prank.
“You can’t ignore the gravity of the situation, but I can’t help but think that some idiot has a final that they don’t want to take and thought this was a clever idea. Nevertheless keep the students safe, get the FBI involved and hold off on finals until an arrest is made,” replied Ryan King.
No injuries have been reported and no arrests made. Officials are still determining whether the threat is credible or not.
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