Howard U Continues Increased Security Amid Threat To Campus


Howard University students, from left, Denee Dickerson of Virginia, Fanta Traore and Lydia Somuah, New york, walk near the university’s main gate, back right, in Washington, Wednesday, August 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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After several days of beefed up security at Howard University, officials say they haven’t seen any suspicious activity. Officials made the move after threats were made online to harm the the campus community.

There has been increased surveillance on campus and at nearby Metro stations last Thursday.

Officials say the threat was posted on the website 4Chan, which allows users to post anonymously, and was rife with racial slurs and threatened to harm anyone still on campus after 10 on Thursday.

Howard President Wayne A. I. Frederick said in a statement late Thursday that officials at the historically black school in the nation’s capital are working closely with the FBI and local police on the investigation.

Frederick says school officials “strongly denounce the sentiment expressed in the online threat because it speaks against the very freedoms that Howard University and our community stand for.” He says he’s encouraged by the community’s “show of support and solidarity.”

Source: AURN

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