Alabama's Auburn University scrubs classes over threatening message

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 16, 2014 10:20 AM

(Reuters) - Auburn University in Alabama canceled classes on Wednesday due to concern about a threatening message posted in a campus restroom, the school said on its website.

Law enforcement officials had not substantiated the threat of violence on the campus, but the university opted to suspend normal operations for the day in light of "student and parent anxiety," according to a statement.

A school spokesman could not be reached immediately to confirm the specifics of the threat.

"Authorities do not have any additional information and do not believe the threat is credible at this time," the school statement said.

The university said it would have increased police presence on Wednesday, and classes would resume on Thursday.

Located in Auburn, Alabama, the university has a student enrollment of nearly 25,000.

(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)