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Penn State Issues Statement about Vague Threats 


An email was sent to Penn State Brandywine students Sunday about vague threats to a Philadelphia-area University.

The message stated:

Penn State, along with other universities that have a presence in the Philadelphia region, has learned from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that there have been vague threats of violence at “a Philadelphia area University.” The FBI indicated that similarly vague threats have been made on social media across the country in the last several days. While law enforcement is not aware of any specific threat, Penn State University Police and Public Safety is closely monitoring the situation and police at Penn State’s Abington, Brandywine and Great Valley campuses will be operating with heightened awareness and diligence. Operations will continue as normal on Monday.

Students, faculty and staff at Abington, Brandywine and Great Valley should report any concerns or suspicious activity to police, either by dialing 911 or by calling one of the following numbers:

Abington: 215-881-7575
Brandywine: 610-892-1496
Great Valley: 610-648-3203

The FBI released the following statement over the weekend:

Out of an abundance of caution, the FBI Philadelphia Field Office notified local colleges and universities of a social media posting which threatened violence at a Philadelphia-area college or university for Monday, October 5. No specific college or university was identified in the posting. We encourage students, faculty, and employees at area colleges and universities to follow the guidance of their campus security officials. The FBI will continue to work with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to investigate threats of violence, and, as always, we ask the public to report suspicious activity to law enforcement.

The threat was posted on 4chan, a message board where everyone is anonymous, last Friday, the day after the shooting in Oregon. It praises the gunman as a fellow member of the “Beta Rebellion.”

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