Professor Makes Possible Threat At Maryville University

Date 2013/9/6 4:40:00 | Topic: News

A Northwest Missouri State University professor is being held on a 24 hour investigative hold after he made what university officials are calling a threat of violence on social media.

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According to the Northwest Missourian, the male professor made the following comment on Facebook during a conversation with another professor: "By October, I'll be wanting to get up to the top of the bell tower with a high-powered rifle, with a good scope and probably a gatling gun as well." The remarks were removed the next day.

Provost Douglas Dunham says he believes the comment was posted on campus and on Wednesday. The University Police Department took the professor into custody on Thursday.

"We took it seriously as soon as we learned about it. We took appropriate action,” said Dunham.

Students, faculty and staff all received emails on Thursday alerting them about the alleged threats and stressed that no one on campus had been harmed.

University officials have yet to release any more details about the professor.



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