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|Threatening Note Found at WIU
|UPDATED: 3:20pm 12/17/08 The Western Illinois University campus is on heightened alert after a library student worker found what officials are calling an "unconfirmed threatening note" early Wednesday morning.
WIU President Al Goldfarb says the student discovered the note on the floor of a library elevator around 1:30 am. He says an investigation is ongoing and extra police from Macomb, McDonough County and the state are on campus. The university remains open, and final exams continue as scheduled.
Goldfarb says just because the campus remains open, doesn't mean the university's Office of Public Safety isn't looking at the threat seriously. "The threat is being investigated very carefully by OPS," Goldfarb said. "I know that they will probably be working with additional law enforcement agencies."
Authorities say the hand-written note said on one side, "You think you stopped the massacre Never can be true. Tomorrow." "Bang" was written on the other side of note. Officials say they are also reviewing library security videotapes.
Goldfarb says the campus will remain on alert for the time being. "We have heightened security on campus," Goldfarb said. "Anyone who's been on campus will know that we have state, city, sheriff's police all present on campus."
Goldfarb says police are walking through each campus building to make sure things are safe.
A similar threat happened at Western in March when an employee at an off-campus apartment complex discovered a handwritten note in a drop box. The note threatened that a shooting would take place on March 26th. No arrests were made in the case.
|12 17 08 by Newsroom
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