The threat of gun violence shut down the University of Chicago’s campus today, and it may have had something to with the recently released video of a Chicago police officer killing a black teenager.
According to the Chicago Tribune, someone posted on the site worldstarhiphop.com threatening to “execute approximately 16 white male students and or staff” at 10 a.m. on the campus quad, in reference to the 16 times Laquan McDonald was shot by a Chicago police officer last year. That officer is now facing first degree murder charges.
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University of Chicago president Robert Zimmer says the school was informed by FBI counterterrorism officials of the threat, and decided to cancel classes and close almost all its buildings for the day.
Several hours after the 10 a.m. time mentioned in the threat came and went, the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois said a suspect had been arrested in connection with the threat and charges are pending, but provided no further details.
The threat appears to be limited to the University of Chicago. Northwestern University released a statement saying “no information that would lead the University to believe that an increased danger to the Northwestern community exists,” and classes at its campuses would continue as scheduled.