Lockdown at Marist College in New York after online threat

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 13, 2015 8:33 AM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Marist College, a small private school 84 miles (135 km) north of New York City, was on lockdown with classes canceled on Friday because of an online, anonymous threat, police and campus security said.

"We are aware of the threat and are investigating," said a spokeswoman for the Poughkeepsie Police Department.

Police declined to elaborate on the threat against Marist, a liberal arts college with about 6,400 students, in Poughkeepsie, a town along the Hudson River midway between New York City and Albany.

Students were told to stay in their dorms while the school is on lockdown, police said.

Twitter messages posted by several individuals said students, faculty and staff were notified of "an anonymous online threat" by email just after 7 a.m.

Marist officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Editing by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)