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U of C Cancels Classes Due to Threat

UPDATE: A University of Illinois at Chicago student was arrested in connection with a threat of violence at the University of Chicago that prompted school officials to cancel classes Monday. Charges are pending against the student, who threatened to shoot students and staff.

The University of Chicago has shut down its campus after learning of an anonymous threat of gun violence said to be set for Monday.

The threat, which was posted online, caught the attention of FBI counterterrorism officials who informed the school.

“In response to the threat, the University will have an increased police and security presence on and around campus, including police personnel with visible weapons and other additional measures,”the school said in a statement. Based on the FBI’s assessment of this threat and recent tragic events at other campuses across the country, we have decided in consultation with federal and local law enforcement officials, to exercise caution by canceling all classes and activities on the Hyde Park campus through midnight on Monday.

The threat said that a shooting would take place on the campus quad at 10 a.m. Monday.

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