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Auburn University cancels Wednesday classes because of threat on campus (Update)

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Auburn University canceled classes Wednesday after a threatening message was found on campus. (abc3340.com) Auburn University canceled classes Wednesday after a threatening message was found on campus. (abc3340.com)
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Statement from Auburn University at 3:55 p.m.

"The Auburn campus will resume normal operations tomorrow as of 5:30 a.m. Classes will be held as scheduled, and employees should report to work according to their regular schedules unless otherwise notified by their supervisor. Dining venues, campus buildings and other facilities will operate tomorrow on normal hours beginning at 5:30 a.m. The Auburn University Libraries will open at 7:45 a.m.

"While law enforcement officials see no threat to campus from events of the past 24 hours, we continue to encourage students, faculty, staff and visitors to remain aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity by calling 911. Anyone with information about who may have left the threatening message is encouraged to call the Auburn Police Division at 334-501-3140 or anonymously at 334-246-1391."

AUBURN, Ala. (Update) -- Auburn University released a second statement regarding the cancellation of classes Wednesday, reiterating its decision was based off the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Statement from Auburn University at 1:45 p.m.

"University officials and local and federal law enforcement officers continue investigating a report of a threatening message about campus. 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. Although Auburn Police officials expressed they don't believe this alleged threat represents any danger, security was increased and the university remains closed to normal operations until tomorrow morning out of an abundance of caution. Our top concern is the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff and visitors. As always, we encourage everyone to be aware of their surroundings and immediately report any suspicious activity by calling 911. We will update the campus community later today."

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AUBURN, Ala. -- Citing student and parent anxiety over a threatening message found on campus recently, Auburn University has suspended normal operations and classes for Wednesday. 

While the threat is not believed to be credible, there will be a larger-than-normal police presence on campus throughout the day for precautionary reasons.

Auburn officials aren't taking any chances after a disturbing message was found written on a wall inside one of its academic facilities. It read as followed:

"April 16th, 2014 I will unleash a rampage of biblical proportion across this tiny campus. You have been warned."

Click image to enlarge. Threatening message found on a bathroom wall inside an Auburn University on-campus facility.

Statement from Auburn University regarding class cancellation:

"The Auburn University Department of Public Safety & Security and the Auburn Police learned of a threatening message posted in a campus restroom. While we have substantiated no immediate threat, we have canceled classes and suspended normal university operations today because the safety of our students, faculty and employees is our primary concern. Law enforcement officials are actively investigating and increasing security in and around campus. As more information becomes available, we will keep the Auburn family and community informed."


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