State college shuts down over ‘direct threat to campus safety’
Evergreen State College in Olympia was closed Thursday after the administration said it had received a “direct threat to campus safety.”
“In response to a direct threat to campus safety, the college is closing immediately for the day,” the administration said on the college’s website. “All are asked to leave campus or return to residence halls for instructions.”
The nature of the threat was not yet known.
Evergreen has been mired in protests after biology professor Bret Weinstein said he would not participate in a “Day of Absence” in which white students, faculty and staff were asked to leave campus for a day.
His emails criticizing that event, and others questioning a proposed regulation to increase the role of race in faculty hiring, became public and prompted about 50 students to surround his classroom and shout him down May 23. They accused him of racism and demand his resignation.
When students were confronted by campus police later that day, they barricaded themselves in the school library and issued demands of the administration. They allege the campus is a hotbed of racism and transphobia, pointing to past altercations between minority students and campus police.
Mr. Weinstein, who was advised by campus police to teach off campus last week out of fear for his safety, said the students have threatened violence if their demands are not met.