Threat­en­ing mes­sage found at CSUN

The Signal - - News - By Ryan Mancini Sig­nal Staff Writer

A bath­room note raised alarms this week for CSUN stu­dents, and po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the re­ported threat of a mass shoot­ing found late Wed­nes­day evening.

The threat was writ­ten inside a bath­room in Sierra Hall on the Cal­i­for­nia State Univer­sity, Northridge, cam­pus. Images of the graf­fiti went vi­ral across mul­ti­ple so­cial me­dia plat­forms in the hours fol­low­ing its dis­cov­ery.

The mes­sage read, “Mass shoot­ing in Sierra Hall 12/12/18,” with a swastika drawn be­low it.

Matthew Ya­hata found out about the threat Wed­nes­day night while work­ing on home­work with friends. A grad­u­ate of West Ranch High School, he said he was shocked.

“With the date, I think it was some­one try­ing to get out of fi­nals,” he said. “But you don’t want to think that way. You want to be cau­tious of what could hap­pen to you.”

He no­ticed a larger cam­puswide po­lice pres­ence Thurs­day. CSUN Chief of Po­lice Anne Glavin said in a state­ment that of­fi­cers “stepped up pa­trols on cam­pus.” Her state­ment also said sim­i­lar hate speech was found in the same build­ing last week.

“At this time, there is no in­di­ca­tion that the threat of a mass shoot­ing is cred­i­ble, and there is no in­di­ca­tion of an im­mi­nent threat to cam­pus,” CSUN pres­i­dent Dianne F. Har­ri­son said in a state­ment to stu­dents and staff.

She added that classes and fi­nals re­main sched­uled and any stu­dents with con­cerns should speak with their in­struc­tors for any sched­ul­ing ad­just­ments.

CSUN Po­lice Depart­ment PIO Christina Vil­lalo­bos echoed the pres­i­dent and said the threat was not deemed cred­i­ble. She con­firmed the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was on­go­ing as of Fri­day, and that cam­pus po­lice are work­ing with other law en­force­ment agen­cies.

Stu­dent Matthew Yanez said he was sick­ened by news. A grad­u­ate of Va­len­cia High School, he said it added much more to his stress pre­par­ing for fi­nals, as well, go­ing to work and ap­ply­ing to law school.

“Every­one’s just re­ally dis­ap­pointed,” Ya­hata said. “It’s a weird feel­ing be­cause we don’t know what’s go­ing to hap­pen. It’s a weird way to end the se­mes­ter.”

Ryan Mancini/The Sig­nal

A mes­sage was found at Cal­i­for­nia State Univer­sity, Northridge, which read, “Mass shoot­ing in Sierra Hall 12/12/18.” The mes­sage was found inside a bath­room.

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