News ID: 2733
Published: 0608 GMT October 04, 2014

Harvard University threatened with mass shooting

Harvard University threatened with mass shooting

Hundreds of students and staff at Harvard University in the US state of Massachusetts have received death threats, campus police said.

According to the Harvard University Police Department, an unidentified person sent emails to students and staff at the prestigious university on Friday, threatening to come Saturday and “kill you individually.”

Harvard police said it was unable to verify if the threat was genuine, but said it would increase security on the campus, reported.

The department has notified other law enforcement agencies of the threat, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Earlier in December, the elite college was evacuated after a student made a bomb threat. The threat turned out to be a hoax by the student who was trying to avoid taking a final exam. He was later arrested and is facing federal charges.

US schools and colleges suffer from chronic gun violence. A study released in February showed that school shootings take place at a rate of more than three incidents a month.

The study by the gun-control advocacy group, Moms Demand Action, found that at least 44 school and college shootings erupted between December 2012, when the Newtown school massacre occurred, and February 2014.

“We are a developed country, and we have to ask ourselves what is wrong with our culture and laws that’s creating an environment where not only do we have 44 school shootings in the past 14 months – but we are doing nothing about it,” said the group’s founder, Shannon Watts.

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