Auburn Threat: Message of 'Rampage' on Bathroom Wall Sparks Fears

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 10:56 AM

By Michael Mullins

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A threat at Auburn University led officials to cancel classes at the Alabama college on Wednesday, after school administrators learned of an unsubstantiated message scrawled on a campus restroom wall.

The handwritten message warned that there would be a "rampage" on campus on Wednesday, prompting the university to send out an alert on both its website and on social media sites, The Associated Press reported.

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In addition to canceling classes, the university suspended all normal operations and canceled activities associated with Research Week, WHNT 19 News reported.

It was unclear whether the message was credible, but the school took the threat very seriously.

"Authorities do not have any additional information and do not believe the threat is credible at this time," Auburn University said on its website on Wednesday. "While no immediate threat has been substantiated, police presence has and will be increased in and around the campus of Auburn University."

The message read:


According to The Auburn Plainsman, the campus newspaper, the threat was found by pre-med senior Caleb Mason three weeks ago. He immediately informed Auburn police before telling campus security.

"I called campus security and told them and they said they were going to go check it out but then they couldn't find it where I told them it was," Mason told The Plainsman. "After that, they called me and asked me to send in the picture."

"So, I sent them the picture, and they told me to call the police. So I called the police, and they said they would look into it and I never heard back from them," Mason continued. "I gave them my phone number and name."

On Tuesday night, The Plainsman reported that local authorities called Mason asking for further information about the threat.

"They said that they were going to be sending police to campus and taking care of it," Mason added.

A photo showing the before and after bathroom wall where the message had once been written was posted on Twitter by The Plainsman.

Auburn University classes will resume, along with the school's normal operations, Thursday morning at 7:45 a.m., according to the university.

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